St James' Union Church

202-204 Pahau Street And Pollen Street, Thames

  • St James' Union Church. Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Shellie Evans. Taken By: Shellie Evans - flyingkiwigirl. Date: 14/03/2007.
  • St James' Union Church.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Martin Jones. Date: 27/11/2007.
  • St James' Union Church. Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Shellie Evans . Taken By: Shellie Evans - flyingkiwigirl. Date: 14/03/2007.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 131 Date Entered 22nd November 1984


City/District Council

Thames-Coromandel District


Waikato Region

Legal description

Pt Karaka No.1 Blk and Pt Kauaeranga No.1 Blk (CT SA559/100), South Auckland Land District


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Built in early 1897 this impressive church is an excellent example of the use of Kauri as both a structural and decorative element. Designed in the Gothic manner it has a fine tower seen to advantage on the corner site. The interior is noteworthy for the splendid use of Kauri panelling and also the rare form of stained glass in the lancet windows.

St James' Church makes a valuable contribution to the streetscape of Thames being sited in the main street in the busy commercial area. Historically it is important for its links with the town's gold mining industry.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1898 -

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.