Christ Church, Russell

4.7
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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  • Amazing to be able to walk into the oldest church in New Zealand. Blown away by the fact it still has holes from muskets!  more »
  • New Zealand's oldest surviving church - and still in use. Musket holes from the Northern Wars still visible in the walls. Interesting reading the headstones in the graveyard too.  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.
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