Jerusalem Whanganui

Jerusalem Whanganui

A historically and culturally rich settlement on the famous whanganui river

Jerusalem, Hiruhārama in Māori, is a tiny settlement 66 kilometres up the Whanganui River Road. It was originally called Patiarero and was one of the biggest settlements on the Whanganui River in the 1840’s with several hundred Ngāti Hau inhabitants of the iwi Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi. Many Whanganui River settlements were given new place names by Reverend Richard Taylor in the 1850’s.

Jerusalem Whanganui was an isolated site where, in 1892, Suzanne Aubert (known as Mother Mary Joseph) established the congregation of the Sisters of Compassion. They became a highly respected charitable nursing and religious order.

Also established was the Jerusalem Foundling Home in 1886 which housed and cared for abandoned children from around New Zealand. A convent remains in Jerusalem as well as the Church where the Sisters of Compassion still care for the buildings and the history of the site.

Jerusalem whanganui

  • Serenity

    A place of pilgrimage for many, Jerusalem is a serene and quiet destination along the mighty Whanganui Awa (River).

  • Convent

    The Sisters Of Compassion Catholic Convent is a beautiful and well-kept treasure of the people and the region.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation in Jerusalem is available at the Catholic Convent – Bookings are Essential. Contact The Sisters Of Compassion.

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5137 Whanganui River Rd
New Zealand
06 342 8190
Enjoy at your own place!
Parking Available, Family Friendly

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