Minniesdale Chapel


On a stunning site overlooking the Oruawharo River, Minniesdale Chapel is the oldest surviving church in South Albertland. The timber framework and stained-glass windows of this little Gothic building were brought to New Zealand from England by the Rev. E. S. Brookes (snr) a driving force behind the 1860s Albertland Emigration Scheme.

George Wilcockson erected the Chapel on land donated by Hovey Brookes, Rev Brookes’ son. Minniesdale opened for worship in December 1867; nine weeks later Henry Marsh married Elizabeth Jerome in the Chapel’s first wedding ceremony. 

A listed Historic Places Trust building, Minniesdale Chapel has been in use for 150 years and can be hired for private functions. Seating 60 comfortably, the Chapel is ideal for an intimate wedding. Locals with expertise are on hand to make any event memorable.

Clare Hayward is a registered Marriage Celebrant, celebrantclare@gmail.com 021 0484789 09 4238994

Nearby Wharehine Hall, also seats 60 and has hosted many wedding receptions. Wharehine caterer Linda Casci, casci.haus@hotmail.co.nz, can customise a menu and create cakes to order. 

Liz’s Party Hire, 021 2665188, will dress any venue with chair covers, sashes, tablecloths, napkins, vases, ceiling fabric and a variety of candle holders.


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