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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  • Don't get me wrong, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the place. There's the graveyard with the surprisingly large number of people who 'fell asleep' (including one who "just fell asleep") with a ...  more »
  • There are other more attractive early settlers churches but this was the first. Interesting seeing the musket bullet holes in the church walls  more »
  • This church is the oldest in NZ. She is of anglican worship. The Interior is open during the day. The cemetery includes of old evocative graves of a rich past.
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  • 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.
  • 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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