Services every Sunday at 10.30am.

Christ Church, Russell / Te Whare Karakia o Kororareka is New Zealand’s oldest existing church and possibly the oldest building still used for its original purpose.

Its beginnings go back to the earliest years of Maori European contact in the Bay of Islands when missionaries from across the harbour at the Paihia mission station, rowed across to take services in private homes.

From 1998 local people have taken over the role of a visiting priest, forming a Local Shared Ministry team that encourages the ministry of all.

We celebrate our taonga, our treasure, at the heart of the Russell community.

Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai. We offer a warm welcome to all.

Christ Church cemetery walk

A digital cemetery walk from Hikoi Tahi Walking Tours is available which guides you through the graves and shares the stories of some of the interesting people buried here.

Download the tour now.



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Church St, Russell, New Zealand 0255
09 403 7696