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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  • October 3, 2017
    While the church was closed a walk around the cemetery enabled one to gauge a little about the history of Russell. Cemeteries are not only the repository of the dead but a living document to the past ...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    If one is in Russell, the oldest town in New Zealand, a visit may be missed Christ Church. Very plain and simple wooden construction. The hand-embroidered cushions are a real eye-catcher. Each square is a piece with a different motif. Each subject has a relation to Northland and the Bay of Islands. Still bullet holes from the fighting on the outside facade located between Maori and colonial Government nearly 200 years ago. The tombs are also very interesting.
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  • September 16, 2017
    The oldest church in New Zealand's first capital has seen arguably much non-religious. Simple architecture and facilities, but nice atmosphere with the surrounding cemetery in the late afternoon.
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  • July 25, 2017
    Fascinating Church, the first in New Zealand. Really interesting seeing the tapestry on each of the pews, reading the tomb stones.
  • May 26, 2017
    The New Zealand's oldest church, you'll see the link with and influences of the maritime life (and death) everywhere. A real harbor church.
  • January 9, 2016
    Was awesome to see the oldest building in NZ was free entry! Heaps of history here and good way to spend time in the town. The town was a little run down and not really the booming tourism town it once was. The church is great as it is well maintained
  • April 9, 2017
    Must stop by if you are around.

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