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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  • 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 »
  • This historic church with visible bullet holes, feels welcoming to visitors. Wander round the outside, note the bullet holes from 19th century battle, and have a quiet look inside and around the...  more »
  • You've not been to Kororareka without coming to this little piece of history, The Church comes with bullet holes and grave sites that are the oldest in NZ. Simply unbelievable until you've seen it.  more »
  • 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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