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Christ Church, Russell

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#5 of 11 in Historic Sites in Northland Region
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. Put Christ Church into our Russell trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • So much history and so much peace. listen to nature and imagine the life that is spent here. the crossing from Pahia in Russel does not last long, it is nice boat. Arrived at the pier you can do everything calmly.
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  • Great little church packed with history. Try and spot the bullet holes. The surrounding cemetery holds many famous people. Very close to shopping area so an easy walk from the wharf.  more »
  • The church's graveyard gives an insight to the people that came before us. The view from Flagstaff Hill gives sweeping views over a Russell and the Bays of Islands.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Must stop by if you are around.

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