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Christ Church

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Address: Church Street, Russell, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 9-403 7696

Nau mai, haere and welcome to Christ Church, New Zealand's oldest existing...

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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Beautiful church with cemetery showing the history of Russell and its seafaring background. Nice that the church wIas open to view.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Turangi, New Zealand

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Turangi, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful church with cemetery showing the history of Russell and its seafaring background. Nice that the church wIas open to view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to detour to Russell and we're glad we did. Walked to the top to see Flagstaff Hill Historic sight then ambled around the old town. Visited the infamous Christ Church & observed the muscat holes in the outside walls! A very well kept beautiful old church with cemetery grounds in the same grounds.

Thank ChrisandDaryl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had to come here to find the musket holes! This church has survived despite being caught up in the tribal wars. A wonderful island of peace in this pretty town.

Thank Skilady56
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The church is rich in history, colorful with crafted kneelers, simple in design. Gardens are pretty and look for the bullets holes in the wall as you get into the old stories of the church.

Thank Ken L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What I loved most about this church were the pillows on all the pews, hand-crafted in needlepoint with initials or other identification on each. The graveyard is worth a visit.

Thank kehoedds
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An interesting story is told by the restored graves in this churchyard. Quite a few Maori who must have been ardent converts to Christianity, as most Maori are buried with their own. An interesting grave for the first white woman born in NZ in 1816, Apparently this is disputed , as there was an earlier woman Dinah Hall nee Carruthers... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Reading the tomb stones in the cemetery is an interesting way to learn more of the history of the area. Beautifully maintained.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

We wandered around this lovely church yard cemetry in the failing light of a beautiful late spring evening. It was fascinating and often moving especially the children's headstones. Nice to see Maori graves included

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Owosso, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

A good location for scenery and a historical attraction in the Russell area. I would recommend this location to anyone who appreciates history and who may appreciate the beauty of New Zealand..

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

The oldest church in NZ and still standing with the bullet holes in the exterior wall from days gone by. Interesting cemetery outside. Full of history from the early days. Well maintained for its age

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