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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  • This character filled church has lots of history. Spoiler alert- the pew cushions are all tapestry of various designs, almost seems a shame to sit on them The grounds are pretty & contain many tombsto...  more »
  • We walked around the town and come across the Church. The church itself is just like most other old churches however this one has bullet holes in the exterior walls. so not knowing any history about 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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