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New Zealand Temple Closes for 3-Year Renovation + See First Photos of What the Temple Will Look Like

The Hamilton New Zealand Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently closed for an extensive renovation.

The New Zealand landmark has been in service since 1958 and needs seismic strengthening retrofit and significant upgrades to its mechanical systems. In addition, the finishes and furnishings of the temple will be refreshed along with expanded parking and landscaping installed.

The project is expected to be completed sometime in 2021. Following the remodel, the public will be invited to tour the temple during an open house. After the open house, the temple will be rededicated.

Rendering of Hamilton New Zealand Temple and auxiliary buildings as they will appear after renovation. 
Rendering of Arrival Centre near the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.
Hamilton Visitor's Centre rendering.
Hamilton temple and missionary housing rendering. 
Rendering of lobby of Hamilton New Zealand Temple after renovation. 
Rendering of baptistry in the Hamilton New Zealand Temple after renovation.
A rendering of an instruction room in the Hamilton New Zealand Temple after renovation. 
Rendering of a sealing room in the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.
Rendering of Celestial Room in the Hamilton New Zealand Temple. 

The temple serves 115,000 Latter-day Saints in New Zealand, New Caledonia and the Cook Islands. During the renovation, Church members will worship in other temples throughout the Pacific, including those in Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga.

Latter-day Saint temples are considered houses of God where faithful members participate in sacred ceremonies such as marriage and the uniting of families for eternity.

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