Hamilton New Zealand Temple

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple (formerly the New Zealand Temple) is the 13th constructed and 11th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Located just outside the city of Hamilton, New Zealand in the suburb of Temple View, it was built with a modern single-spire design very similar to the Bern Switzerland Temple.

Hamilton New Zealand Temple
Closed for Renovations
Number 11 edit data
Dedicated 20 April 1958 (20 April 1958) by
David O. McKay
Site 86 acres (35 hectares)
Floor area 44,212 sq ft (4,107 m2)
Height 157 ft (48 m)
Preceded by Los Angeles California Temple
Followed by London England Temple
Official websiteNews & images
Additional information
Announced 17 February 1955
Groundbreaking 21 December 1955 by
Ariel Ballif, Wendell B. Mendenhall, and George R. Biesinger
Open House 28 March – 19 April 1958
Designed by Edward O. Anderson
Location 509 Tuhikaramea Road
Temple View
Hamilton 3218
New Zealand
Exterior finish concrete block and white-painted structural steel
Temple design Modern contemporary, single spire
Ordinance rooms 1 (Movie, stationary sessions)
Sealing rooms 3
Clothing rental Yes
Cafeteria Full
Visitors' center Yes

Coordinates: 37°49′34.62599″S 175°13′28.64280″E / 37.8262849972°S 175.2246230000°E / -37.8262849972; 175.2246230000


Celestial room
(prior to dedication)

The site for the temple was first chosen by Wendell B. Mendenhall who had been given a special assignment by LDS Church president David O. McKay to choose the site.[1] The building of an LDS Church temple in New Zealand was announced by David O. McKay on 17 February 1955. With its completion in 1958, it was the first temple built by the LDS Church in the Southern Hemisphere and the second to be built outside of the United States and Canada.

A ground-breaking ceremony and site dedication were held on 21 December 1955. The site of the temple is on 86 acres (350,000 m2), which included the LDS Church-owned Church College of New Zealand, formerly a secondary school for students aged twelve to eighteen.

The temple is 44,212 square feet (4,107.4 m2), has one ordinance room, three sealing rooms, and a baptistry. The spire rises to a height of 157 feet (48 m). The temple was built entirely by church labour missionaries who volunteered all of their time. Local members supported these workers with money, food, and lodging.

Hugh B. Brown, then an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, placed the ceremonial cornerstone of the temple on 22 December 1956. The temple was open for public tours for 23 days prior to the dedication. During this time about 112,500 people toured the temple. The New Zealand Temple was dedicated by David O. McKay on 20 April 1958.[2] The temple serves Latter-day Saints in New Zealand and New Caledonia.[3] According to Mormon folklore, the Māori King Tāwhiao accurately predicted the site of the temple before his death in 1894.[4][5]

On 19 January 2018, the LDS Church announced that in July 2018, the temple would close for renovations that are anticipated to be completed in 2021.[2] In 2019, Russell M. Nelson announced the location for a new LDS Church temple in Auckland, New Zealand—the second temple in the country.[6]


Notable presidents of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple include Glen L. Rudd (1984–87), Douglas J. Martin (1992–95), and Sidney M. Going (2013–2016).

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  1. ^ N. B. Lundwall (1993). "Site for New Zealand Temple Selected and Acquired". Temples of the Most High. Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft. ISBN 0884948757. OCLC 29788408.. Unauthorized reprint
  2. ^ a b Jones, Morgan. "Hamilton New Zealand Temple to close in July 2018 for extensive renovations", Deseret News, 19 January 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Hamilton New Zealand Temple District". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ LDS Church (1958), The Mormon Temple, Temple View, Hamilton, New Zealand: Bureau of Information, Zealand Temple, LDS Church, p. 13, OCLC 367545393, alt. OCLC 156001909
  5. ^ Kezerian, Sandra L. (31 March 2012), "Visiting our Family History Missionaries at the Archives", WellingtonNewZealandMission.blogspot.com
  6. ^ Stauffer, McKenzie. "LDS president announces location for New Zealand temple", KUTV, 21 May 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2020.

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