Christ Church, Russell

4.7
Church · Tourist Spot
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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  • Interesting to see the oldest church in NZ. Amazing that the bullet/musket holes are still in some of the walls. Don’t need to spend much time here but worth visiting.  more »
  • Just enjoyed the simplicity and ease of wandering around the church and graveyard. The little $4 booklet is full of details about the church and the early times in Kororareka. Thank you.  more »
  • One of New Zealand's oldest churches with an interesting history. Interesting walk through the graveyard as well, early settlers buried here.  more »
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  • As beautiful as it should be, this was on my bucket list for a while. Peaceful church with open doors. The first ever church in New Zealand as recorded.
  • Really cute little church. Interesting gravestones that teach you a little bit about the local area.
  • Lovely church with an interesting cemetery. A nice place to visit in Russell.
  • I liked this city and marveled over the progress that's been completed and what hasn't.
  • 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

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