Wellington New Zealand Temple
Planning and approval phase; site location announced; groundbreaking not announced
Announcement:3 April 2022
Site:3.35 acres | 1.4 hectares
Total Floor Area:14,900 square feet | 1,384 square meters
Elevation:70 feet | 21 meters
The Wellington New Zealand Temple is currently in the planning stages. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Wellington New Zealand Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
On November 28, 2022, the location of the Wellington New Zealand Temple was announced as a 3.35-acre site near the intersection of Okowai Road and Whitford Brown Avenue in the Aotea neighborhood of Porirua. Plans call for a two-story temple of approximately 14,900 square feet and an ancillary building with arrival facilities and patron housing.1
On April 3, 2022, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans to construct the Wellington New Zealand Temple at the April 2022 General Conference. This will be New Zealand's third temple. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is located on the southwestern tip of the North Island. At the time of the announcement, the Auckland New Zealand Temple was under construction, and the Hamilton New Zealand Temple was completing renovation. The first New Zealand converts to the Church of Jesus Christ were baptized in 1853. Shortly afterward, missionary work began — including among the native Māori people. Around 115,000 Latter-day Saints live in New Zealand.2
The Wellington New Zealand Temple will be the southernmost temple of the Church.
- "Locations Released for Six Temples Around the World," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 28 Nov. 2022.
- "President Nelson Announces 17 New Temples," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 3 Apr. 2022.