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Nau mai, haere and welcome to Christ Church, New Zealand's oldest existing church and cemetery. A digital walk can be downloaded from the App stores from Hikoi Tahi Walking Tours which share the fascinating stories of some of the people buried here...more
Church Street, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7696
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All reviews bullet holes grave stones new zealand steeped in history white woman early settlers interesting headstones open to the public gold coin sunday service beautiful building lots of history worth a visit peaceful setting historic place european settlers local maori
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the oldest church in New Zealand and warrants a slow visit. And the graveyard is packed full of history I reckon 2 hours is not too long for a visit here

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HKinsey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take a little time to wander round the graveyard at Christ Church and read the extraordinary headstones dating back to the earliest European settlers (including the first white woman born in NZ) and many local Maori. Each marker gives a brief glimpse into the love,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jacqs-in-the-box
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Built in 1835, Christ Church is the oldest church in New Zealand, still in everyday use. The Church sits one road back from the Museum so can easily be visited in conjunction with the Museum, to better appreciate its part in New Zealand early history....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a school group through this church. Didn't take long but worth the time it took. Especially liked all the unique cushions on the pews. Interesting graves as well

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank namel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great photos taken about 15 mins walking from accommodation thou the town of Russell noting place on interest on the way.......

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank peter h
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a day trip to Russell from Paihia and included the Christ Church and it's cemetery, both were well worth a visit to view part of New Zealand's early history.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PhilK312
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a small church close to the very centre of Russell but it's the first church in NZ, and that in itself along along with the history of NZ demands a much closer inspection. You can look inside the church and sit down amongst the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dave9960
Reviewed 9 November 2018

The oldest church in New Zealand. Worth a visit. Attractive surroundings and well kept. A timber structure.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MadalynH7
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Amazingly historic church and a must visit while on Russell. Get up close to the outside walls and you can still see the bullet holes from the Kororareka wars. There’s a collection box inside the church so definitely add a donation if you can to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 60kylies
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Still has the bullet holes on the outside of the church. Again a historic building.There are the names of many people that helped form our great country on the headstones.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lodemark
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I wouldn't think more than fifty