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Christ Church, Russell
(4.5/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A good location for scenery and a historical attraction in the Russell area. I would recommend this location to anyone who appreciates history and who may appreciate the beauty of New Zealand.. 
  • A beautiful church. They say it is the oldest church (maybe even the oldest building) in New Zealand. You can see even connection holes from the Maori war. Sweet cemetery, there are tombs of both European and Maori.
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  • The oldest church in NZ and still standing with the bullet holes in the exterior wall from days gone by. Interesting cemetery outside. Full of history from the early days. Well maintained for its age 
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  • 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