Christ Church, Russell

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Step into Christ Church to appreciate the historical and spiritual resonance of New Zealand's oldest church. Built in 1835, the simple rectangular chapel represents a treasure at the heart of the local community and still serves its original purpose. Those interested in history have a chance to imagine the story of missionaries in the country, and the first moments of contact between European settlers and the indigenous Maori people. Visitors of faith will find a calm and reverential atmosphere, unchanged by the church's status as a local landmark. Use our Russell day trip planning website to arrange your visit to Christ Church and other attractions in Russell.
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  • Had a look around the graveyard - Tamati Waka Nene memorial was interesting and the memorial to sailors killed during the attacks on Russell. Worth a look if in Russell 
    Had a look around the graveyard - Tamati Waka Nene memorial was interesting and the memorial to sailors killed during the attacks on Russell. Worth a look if in Russell  more »
  • It is work a quick stop to look around and check out the bullet holes and cemetery. Gosh so many died here very young, really makes you sad. Well looked after and grounds kept up to look really... 
    It is work a quick stop to look around and check out the bullet holes and cemetery. Gosh so many died here very young, really makes you sad. Well looked after and grounds kept up to look really...  more »
  • Take the time to wander outside and read the headstones. The stories they tell will engage and give you a real insight into early settler life (and death) in Russell. 
    Take the time to wander outside and read the headstones. The stories they tell will engage and give you a real insight into early settler life (and death) in Russell.  more »
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  • WOW such a beautiful church & to think it's the oldest in NZ!!!! A must visit when in Bay of Islands, Russell has so much beauty & history I really loved walking here from Ferry & seeing the beautiful windows, alter cushions, flowers & graves was very mind blowing.
  • I visited this spot during my Northland trip. It was good to see the first church of New Zealand. There was no one inside and the doors were open to everyone. There is a $2 donation box which could be used to donate $2 that goes towards various maintenances. There were many graves dating back to the 1800s. This place talks a lot about history. Would highly recommend! Cheers
  • First catholic church of NZ. Survived the war of 1845 to be one of the only two structures not burnt to the ground.
  • Stayed in Kororareka (Russell) . Visited Christ Church which has some great history.
  • Beautiful church with a lot of history. Nice for a short visit. Didn’t feel out of place on a Sunday, despite my Baptist background. Though, I was disappointed that I was the only attendee under 60 years of age.

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