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Christ Church

Church Street, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7696
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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. Enjoy visiting our cemetery and do visit our beautiful church.
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Church Street, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 7696

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Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

Great little church packed with history. Try and spot the bullet holes. The surrounding cemetery holds many famous people. Very close to shopping area so an easy walk from the wharf.

Thank getdihere
Reviewed July 4, 2017

The church's graveyard gives an insight to the people that came before us. The view from Flagstaff Hill gives sweeping views over a Russell and the Bays of Islands.

Thank BirgitE-H
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Even in pouring rain and strong winds this is a beautiful and peaceful place. The church is a place of quiet calm and the churchyard full of history.

Thank garywallisnl
Reviewed June 1, 2017 via mobile

A very pretty church, the oldest in New Zealand and with some interesting memorial stones in the adjoining graveyard.

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed May 28, 2017

Had our wedding here at 3pm in May. It was sunny and bright inside the church. The historic charm of the venue meant we did not need to decorate. Our guests enjoyed the venue.

Thank anitacameron
Reviewed May 20, 2017

Such a peaceful setting for this historic church, steeped in history. Wandering around the beautifully tended church yard shows generations of families buried close together. The interior of the church doesn't disappoint either, light and airy and the individual tapestry hassocks are unique. Don't miss...More

Thank annie2mac
Reviewed May 8, 2017

A lovely small but delightful church in the centre of Russell. It was welcoming and had a really nice atmosphere. Recommended.

Thank Geoff M
Reviewed May 3, 2017

Fascinating history in the church and graveyard. A spiritual building enhanced by the simplicity of its structure.

Thank gerryp24
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

There is a cemetery around the church and this might frigthen some people. But in the inside it is simple and charming. I loved the embroidered cushions of the seats.

Thank anapaular6
Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

Coming back to our B and B we stopped at this church, one of the oldest in NZ still being used for worship. What is most attractive is the cemetery all around the church, the kind you'd see in England. I guess that's what it...More

Thank Maria G
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I wouldn't think more than fifty