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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  • Very interesting church and cemetery. How young they were when they died. Check out the bullet holes in the church (need to take the Russell 1-hr tour to know why) and loved the individual needlepoint...  more »
  • Was on an Operatunity Tour of the Bay of Islands and the performers [tour leaders] did a very touching concert in this church. For those that know Operatunity we had Sue----Tizane----Karl--- and Paul ...  more »
  • A visit to this church and a walk through the cemetery certainly brings the past to life with all its tragedy and hardship. We also visited the museum a short walk away which also notes links with the...  more »
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  • A lovely church and attraction in Russel. It's the oldest church there and has a historic burial site at the front.
  • Fascinating Church, the first in New Zealand. Really interesting seeing the tapestry on each of the pews, reading the tomb stones.
  • 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.
  • Great spot
  • 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
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