Wellington's St Paul's Cathedral finally reopens

Wellington's St Paul's Cathedral has reopened after it was closed when a nearby building suffered serious damage in last month's earthquake.

Demolition on the building on Molesworth St is nearly complete, so most cordons have now been lifted and the Cathedral will now be open for Christmas.

While the cathedral itself is structurally sound, its huge organ has been badly damaged and will have to be fixed or replaced at a cost of up to $4 million.

"It's nice to be back in the building," Dean of Wellington Digby Wilkinson told Newshub.

"Much of what we do of course is musical and it's choral and it involves the organs, so having the big building and reverberation and having it filled with people is a great event to participate in."