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“grave stones”(12 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This little church and grounds are the oldest in New Zealand. Such a great historical site and so close to a quaint little street full of specialty shops and eateries. Russell is a great place to visit for the day.

Thank Pooky72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pretty little church. Oldest Anglican Church in New Zealand. Well worth a stroll around the historic cemetery.

Thank HollyFan
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Anyone visiting the Bay of Islands must visit Christ Church, Russell, and walk amongst the graves and get an understanding of the early European history of the Bay. The Church is one of the few remaining structures of early settlement in Russell and bears the...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

We called in to see this historic church while walking around Russell. It’s very old and tired but has a special feeling to it when you walk in the door. The cushions are all hand stitched and depict a variety of things. The graveyard is...More

Thank Peonie49
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

This is a really historic place and although the visit was brief was great. The graveyard, let alone the church is worth a look.

Thank DaveDogNZ
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Quaint little village church, that is also the oldest in New Zealand. Not far from Russell township, an easy walk. Cemetary in the grounds which I found interesting to wander through.

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Christ Church was built in 1831 and it is located near the Russell Museum. The wooden building is surrounded by a graveyard containing graves of many of the early settlers. The walls have a few holes made by musket balls from the 1860's battles with...More

Thank DarylJ552
Reviewed 24 May 2018

Just a short walk from the waterfront to find this treasure. The church was built in 1836 and is still in its original condition. There is very good information about the history of the church inside and is well worth a visit. The tapestries on...More

Thank HelenG724
Reviewed 14 May 2018

This church -- rumored to be NZ's longest-standing -- has a lovely, peaceful setting. We visited around Christmas 2017 and the grounds were well-manicured. Green grass, lush trees, and hydrangeas blooming everywhere! It was humbling to wander around the small cemetery outside. The inside was...More

Thank gorocketdog
Reviewed 7 May 2018

Well worth visiting. A lot of history just in the graveyard ! Open all hours it seems with an informative booklet for sale inside.

Thank chris53kualaLumpur
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