St Peter's is a popular venue for weddings
Services at St Peter's
If you're looking for a traditional Anglican service,
you've found the place.
Sunday 8am Holy Communion.
Wednesday 10am Holy Communion
(both services use the New Zealand Prayer Book He
Karakia Mihinare O Aotearoa)
St Peter's is located at 15 Victoria Road near the base of
Mauao, Mt Maunganui. It is the first churchin the Parish,
built in 1956.
At the rear of St Peter's is
a Peace Garden with two memorial walls. It is also a place for
The hall at St Peter's is a comfortable, carpeted space
used by a range of community groups.
Want to be involved at St Peter's?
* Join the worshipping community on Sunday or Wednesday
* Sing in the choir
* Volunteer to care for the grounds and Peace Garden
A New Worshipping Community - History of St
The first Anglican services at Mt Maunganui were held under the
trees at the base of Mauao lead by an itinerant preacher in 1908.
In 1913 a visiting Methodist Minister, Mr Richards, took the
first proper church service near the Pilot Bay wharf. With the
opening of Ministry of Works cottages and a school at Totara St,
services plus Sunday School were held more regularly.
Six years later Mrs Blanche Mellish offered 2 cottages to
rebuild as a church hall. Monthly services were now held,lead by
ministers from Holy Trinity Tauranga or ministers holidaying at the
Mount. During the 1920s, 30s and 40s the church hall was also
rented to other denominations. By 1943 thirty one Anglican families
were registered with the church and the Presbyterians moved out to
build on their own site.
In January 1954 the Parochial District of Mt Maunganui was
established with its own Vicar. The foundation stone for the new
church of St Peter's was laid by Bishop Lesser in 1956.
Ten years later the fledgling parish was ready to spread its
wings. First St James was built at Tui St then St Mary's at
Arataki. It wasn't feasible to manage all three sites so St James
was sold and is now the site of a funeral home.
In 2006 the parish celebrated 50 years with a fabulous display
of wedding dresses worn at St Peter's, a series of lunchtime
concerts and a weekend with guests and special services. The young
people prepared a time capsule to be opened in a further 50 years.
It is safely lodged inside the altar.