Mary MacKillop Cottage - Queenstown
Visitors are also welcome to visit the church and sign the visitor's book before they leave.
Are you a business owner in Queenstown?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Queenstown.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
Directions to Mary MacKillop Cottage
Explore a part of historic Arrowtown. Learn more about Catholic nun Mary MacKillop and the work she did in the area.
Located in the grounds of St Patrick's Church, the small yellow cottage now known as Mary MacKillop cottage was originally built as a miner's house around 1870. It was bought by the church and incorporated into the church school in 1882 and then in 1897, Sister Mary MacKillop had the cottage and some of the school converted to a convent for the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart who worked in New Zealand and Australia.
After the sisters left, the building had many other uses, but it was restored in the 1990s and now explores the life and work of Mary MacKillop and the sisters who travelled with her. The sisters were particularly known for their work bringing education to rural areas and needy children.
The cottage restoration was finished in 1995 when Mary MacKillop was beatified by the Pope. She was later canonised as a Saint in 2010 after two miracles were attributed to her and is now also known as St Mary of the Cross.
Information panels around the cottage and grounds explain more about their work and the contribution the sisters made to the area.
The cottage and church grounds are a great place for quiet contemplation and make a peaceful detour during a stay in Arrowtown, reached easily on foot in around five minutes. Entry to the cottage is free.
You may also like
Million Dollar CruiseQueenstown Central, Queenstown
Enjoy the best of the views of Lake Wakatipu on the stunning locally owned and operated Million Dollar Cruise.......From $39
Heli Glenorchy - scenic flightsQueenstown
Heli Glenorchy is a locally owned and operated company offering scenic flights across the stunning Mt Aspiring National Park and Fiordland...From $330
Go Orange Jet BoatQueenstown Central, Queenstown
The Go Orange Jet Boat roars down the famous Kawarau River, reaching speeds of up to 90kph, delivering a jet experience with individuality, flair and impact..........From $69
Pure GlenorchyQueenstown Central, Queenstown
Pure Glenorchy is a family owned and operated business taking visitors deep into Middle Earth. Explore the stunning scenery of Mt Aspiring World Heritage Park and the Dart River Valley, while visiting iconic locations from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.From $180
Go Orange Milford Sound CruiseFiordland , Queenstown
Why offer just a cruise when you can offer a whole experience? Well, we have done exactly that by working collectively on a vision to re-envision cruising in Milford Sound.From NZ$49
Body Sanctum Day SpaQueenstown Central, Queenstown
Mind, body and spirit are given the chance for restoration, rejuvenation or simple pampering at Body Sanctum Day Spa.............From $25
Go Orange Doubtful Sound Day CruiseFiordland , Queenstown
Let Go Orange take you deeper into the unknown, discovering islands, hidden coves and the dramatic landscapes...From $229
Go Orange KayaksTe Anau, Queenstown
Don’t just look at the sounds, immerse yourself at sea level. Let Go Orange help you explore one of the most spectacular places on earth, from the water...From $155
The Helicopter LineQueenstown Central, Queenstown
The Helicopter Line is New Zealand's premier commercial and leisure helicopter operator, offering amazing scenic flights over some of the world's most breathtaking scenery...From $300
Misty Mountains Heli-HikeWanaka, Queenstown
Eco Wanaka Adventure's "Misty Mountains" Heli Hike is a must for Lord of the Rings fans, and anyone wanting to admire panoramic views of the stunning scenery around Wanak...From $795