Our Lady of the Southern Star Abbey (Kopua) is the only Cistercian monastery in New Zealand. Kopua was founded by Mount Melleray Abbey, Ireland in 1954. The monks of Kopua belong to the worldwide Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance (OCSO), popularly known as the “Trappists”.
At the heart of the monastic life is the search for God. We seek God and follow Christ in a life of prayer and community, solitude and simplicity, work and hospitality.
We follow the Rule of St Benedict, an ancient source of monastic wisdom that continues to guide many people in search of an authentic spiritual path in today’s world.
The Abbey is situated in a beautiful, relatively remote, rural area of New Zealand on a dairy farm between Dannevirke and Waipukurau, Central Hawke’s Bay.
Visitors are always welcome at the Monastery. Guests are invited to share in the monastic services and to enjoy the peace of this sacred place. Those who may wish to have a deeper experience of the life are able to stay in the monastery guesthouse. Prior booking is essential. Due to a high level of interest we are fully booked for 2023. Our bookings for 2024 will open in the latter half of this year.
Sunday: Community Mass at 10.00am
Weekdays: Community Mass at 8.00am
A visit from the Abbot-General
We recently completed a pleasant five day visit from the Abbot-General of our Order, Dom Bernardus Peeters. He's the former abbot of Tilburg abbey in Holland and he's travelling with his secretary Fr. Raphael who is from Citeaux Abbey in France. Dom Bernardus shared a few stories of how things have been going in Tilburg. [...]
Kopua formally welcomes three new Brothers
Recently we celebrated the ‘change of stability’ to Kopua of three Brothers - Aelred, Anselm, and Gregory - originally from the Cistercian Monastery of Our Lady of the Philippines, Guimaras Island. Change of stability sounds like a contradiction! Cistercian monks make a vow of stability, committing to a place and community for life. In rare [...]