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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  • If you go to Russell you really must visit this church just one street back from the sea front. It’s the very first church ever built in New Zealand and in 1836? So bags of history. Graves from around...  more »
  • Well worth a visit. Originally built in 1836 with contributions from benefactors including Charles Darwin. The Cemetery has memorials to the Royal Navy crews who died in the Battle of Kororareka and t...  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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