Where to practice your religion
Find out more where to practise your religion
Christianity is the most widely held religion in New Zealand. It was brought to New Zealand by early European settlers in the 1800s and introduced to some Māori communities.
Hinduism is the second largest religion in New Zealand after Christianity. In the 2013 census, over 90,000 people (just over 2% of New Zealand's population) said they practise Hinduism.
Buddhism is New Zealand's third-largest religion after Christianity and Hinduism. There are Buddhists from many different Buddhist branches and communities thriving in New Zealand.
New Zealand's Muslim history dates back to 1950 when the New Zealand Muslim Association was set up in Auckland. There were only about 200 Muslims across New Zealand at the time. Read more here.
Jewish settlers were among some of the first immigrants to arrive in New Zealand in the early 1800s and synagogues were built in Dunedin, Hokitika and Christchurch in the 1860s. Read more here.
We have many communities from around the world who have chosen to live here and have brought their faith with them.