Northland and the Bay of Islands Sights

Advertisement

Christ Church

Christ Church Review

One of the donors to the construction of New Zealand's oldest church was Charles Darwin, who at that time in 1835 was making his way around the globe on board the HMS Beagle. Behind the white picket fence that borders the churchyard, gravestones tell a fascinating and brutal story of life in the colony's early days. Several graves belong to sailors from the HMS Hazard who were killed in this churchyard by Hone Heke's warriors in 1845. Another headstone marks the grave of a Nantucket sailor from the whaler Mohawk. As you walk around the church, look for the musket holes made when Hone Heke besieged the church. The interior is simple and charming—embroidered cushions on the pews are examples of a still-vibrant folk-art tradition

    Contact Information

  • Address: Church and Robertson Sts., Russell, 0202 | Map It
  • Hours: Daily 8–5
  • Location: Russell
Updated: 02-18-2014

Fodorite Reviews

Be the first to review this property

Advertisement

· Map of Christ Church

Map of



Travel Deals
Forums