The spiritual base is the tiny Mission Hall, which was built in 1889 by Henry William Valpy and family on their property in the Rees Valley. Clergy from the Anglican and Presbyterian churches in Queenstown would travel to Glenorchy several times a year to hold services in the Mission Hall and visit families in the area travelling by steamer and horse.


As time passed there was a migration of the population from the Rees Valley to the township of Glenorchy and the Mission Hall was no longer in use. By the 1950’s a group of concerned locals formed a Trust and secured a freehold section in the Glenorchy village. In 1957 the Mission Hall joined the exodus to Glenorchy, very slowly on the back of a truck.


Local effort ensured the church was refurbished. St Peters, Queenstown, donated the altar. Maintenance, as ever involved the locals rolling up their sleeves. In 2008 a new Trust, the Head of the Lake Community Church Trust was formed. The building now needed urgent repairs so with local fundraising, community grants, help from St Peters and other Queenstown churches a full restoration was possible. The Mission Hall has been returned as close as possible to its original 1889 state.

The vision for the Mission Hall remains as a base for the local community to gather for worship and fellowship.


Service Times


An Anglican service of Holy Communion is held at 3.00pm with the dates as follows:

  • Jan 26th, 2020

  • Mar 22nd, 2020

  • May 24th, 2020

  • Jul 26th, 2020

  • Sep 27th, 2020

  • Nov 22nd, 2020

  • Dec 24th, 2020 -------> This service will start at 7:00pm

Anglican Parish of Wakatipu

St Peter's Parish Centre

2 Church Street

Queenstown 9300,

New Zealand

OFFICE HOURS: Covid Level 1
Tuesday - Friday

021 028 48269

Wakatipu Parish Heritage Buildings Restroation
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Clergy:  021 028 48269 (David)

Weddings, Blessings, and
Baptisms: contact David (above)

Bookings: 027 940 1657 (Kim)

Office: 03 442 8391


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