Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Hamilton New Zealand Temple

11th operating temple; closed for renovation; dismantling the interior
Hamilton New Zealand Temple

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Address

509 Tuhikaramea Road
Temple View
Hamilton  3218
New Zealand
Telephone:  (+64) 7-846-2750

Services

Clothing rental available
Cafeteria available
Patron housing available
Distribution center nearby

Announcement: 

17 February 1955

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 

21 December 1955 by Ariel Ballif, Wendell B. Mendenhall, and George R. Biesinger

Public Open House: 

28 March–19 April 1958

Dedication: 

20–22 April 1958 by David O. McKay

Site: 

86 acres

Exterior Finish: 

Reinforced concrete block manufactured at site; white painted structural steel

Ordinance Rooms: 

One ordinance room and five sealing

Total Floor Area: 

44,212 square feet

Temple Renovation

On July 23, 2018, the Hamilton New Zealand Temple closed for an extensive renovation project that includes seismic strengthening, upgrades to the electrical and mechanical systems, improvement of the floor plan, and replacement of all finishes and furnishings. Accompanying facilities will also be upgraded including the parking lot, patron and missionary housing, and visitors' center. Construction is expected to be completed in 2021 when the public will be invited to tour the temple during an open house. Following the open house, the temple will be rededicated.


Temple Locale

Situated atop a stately hill in the rural outskirts of Hamilton, the Hamilton New Zealand Temple overlooks the 86 acres it shares with the former Church College of New Zealand—a Church-operated school for students ages twelve to eighteen that permanently closed in December 2009 after 51 years of operation. At the base of the hill is a popular public visitors' center, surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. Guides are available to answer questions and direct visitors to the numerous displays on site including a magnificent replica of the Christus statue. At Christmastime, the grounds are filled with a dazzling spectacle of lights and displays.


Temple Facts

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple was the first temple built in the Southern Hemisphere and second built in Polynesia, following the Laie Hawaii Temple
5th operating temple
Laie Hawaii Temple
(1919).

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple was originally named the New Zealand Temple.

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple is a sister building to the Bern Switzerland Temple
9th operating temple
Bern Switzerland Temple
.

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple was constructed with a single auditorium-style ordinance room equipped with motion-picture presentation of the endowment.

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple and adjoining Church College of New Zealand (permanently closed in December 2009) were both built entirely by volunteer missionary labor.

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple features beautiful murals on the walls of its Celestial Room. (Only two other temples feature full Celestial Room murals: the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
8th operating temple
Idaho Falls Idaho Temple
and the Los Angeles California Temple
10th operating temple
Los Angeles California Temple
. The corner pillars in the Logan Utah Temple
2nd operating temple
Logan Utah Temple
Celestial Room portray a heavenly landscape, too.)

Prior to its dedication, some 112,500 visitors toured the Hamilton New Zealand Temple during its public open house.

The Church College of New Zealand was dedicated six days after the dedication of the adjoining Hamilton New Zealand Temple.

The first stake in New Zealand was created the month after the dedication of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple in the city of Auckland, about 80 miles north of Hamilton.

For a time, the Hamilton New Zealand Temple offered overnight endowment sessions from Friday through Saturday to accommodate the many members who came on the weekend.

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple closed in 1993 for two months to replace wall coverings and furnishings. In 1994, the temple closed again for 9 months for a more extensive renovation that included installation of air conditioning and removal of asbestos.