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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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Even for non-believer a very special place

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Traverse City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Europahol
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Christ Church is a beautiful little structure, NZ's oldest remaining church. Small in stature but big in charm. I loved the hand-stitched cushions to make sitting on the wooden pews more comfortable. Take time to stroll around the cemetery and read some of the headstones. And don't forget to put a coin or two into the donation box.

Thank Kim S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

A very pleasant church and well maintained a very short walk from the town but the thing that makes it worth a visit is the graveyard. The history of the town is chiseled in stone.

Thank thereandbackagainNZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

If you are in to history this is great, it's incredible walking around and looking at all the old headstones and the church itself is beautiful. You must go to the Pompallier Mission House to learn about the history, then I'd recommend going to the church for a nice walk around. You can still see the old bullet holes in... More 

Thank KatieNZ31
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful church and grounds, steeped in what I consider to be a unique mix of early European/Maori history, where we lived, loved and fought together. All of Russell gives me this feeling but nowhere more than the church where the cultures blend in death too. Come early or late to avoid the crowds, and give yourself some quiet time... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Visited the site and it is beautifully kept. The grounds are lovely and the tombstones very poignant.

Thank kcruisin
Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

The city is such a fascinating place and sad at the same time. There is still so much devastation from the earthquake but he place is still so vibrant and the people are so friendly and nice. Still so much to see and do

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We had a look around with our (very secular) 5 and 10 year old, who were fascinated by the old gravestones. A half hour of talking about the stories behind them followed with them getting a more relevant feel for how hard life was in the 1800s, infant mortality, The New Zealand Wars, god, christianisation of Maori tribes etc. Pretty... More 

Thank Jo W

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