One of the most prominent landmarks in Wellington’s vibrant skyline is the figure of the St. Gerard Monastery, perched atop the scenic Mount Victoria. It is located in the unique cultural enclave of Oriental Bay, which is famed for its golden beach within Wellington’s city limits as well as a fine range of Wellington New Zealand hotels such as the elegantly-appointed Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay. With a convenient location and attentive hospitality, this stylish Wellington city hotel is sure to provide a rewarding experience. Take some time to explore the various sights in Oriental Bay, such as the golden beach front and the appetizing ice cream parlours and faces that are perfect for exchanging meaningful conversations with family and friends. If you crave an element of spirituality, visit the charming St. Gerard Monastery as well as the adjacent church, which acquired fame in 1908 as being the first church in the world to be dedicated to Gerard Majella, the Italian saint. To commemorate this illustrious title, the church used to house an oil painting depicting the saint in the throes of spiritual ecstasy, which was gifted by the Vatican. The church offers visitors a stunning interior and tranquil surroundings ideal for some quiet reflection, and its stained glass windows are exquisite to behold. The church and the monastery, erected in 1932, have gained spots on the country’s historical places index and provide an intriguing glimpse of Catholic spirituality in New Zealand.


Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.