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Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Address: The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-403 9015
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Description: Pompallier Mission, where Catholic missionaries translated religious texts...
Pompallier Mission, where Catholic missionaries translated religious texts into Maori, printed and bound them into beautiful books, was a saintly enclave in the most sinful site of the southern seas. In what is undoubtedly one of the best heritage tours in the country, our passionate guides will take you through the steps of leather and book-making as it was done by courageous pioneers living in this tiny outpost, over 150 years ago. Hear the stories of the lives and times of French missionaries caught up in British Treaty-making and war between Maori and European settlers. Delight in our award winning heritage gardens, take in the wonderful views across the Bay and browse our gift shop for a unique reminder of a special place.
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The guide was excellent ... friendly, patient, informative and a local. The tour made a wonderful addition to our current knowledge of NZ history. We would go again!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The guide was excellent ... friendly, patient, informative and a local. The tour made a wonderful addition to our current knowledge of NZ history. We would go again!

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback and the fact that you would visit again is important to us. Thank you. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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157 reviews 157 reviews
29 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect but my younger sisters had recommended going here after their visit 2 years ago. You do need to do the tour to do it justice. The lady taking the tour was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned so much about the start of the Marist Brothers, tanning, book binding, religious tension in Bay of Islands... More 

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing feedback on your experience. This motivates us too! More 

Devon
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107 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Thoroughly recommend taking this tour. The story is amazing! Bishop Pompallier travelled to this unknown, untamed land and managed to build the Mission, learn the language, become accepted by the inhabitants, organise the establishment of a printing house, resourced all the materials, converted the workers and taught them how to print. The guides are great story tellers....

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

Thank you for your very positive endorsement of our guides and their story telling skills. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Many many sayings. A dab hand? Skiving off? And many more. That is if you take the tour which is highly recommended. You'll pay some dollars but it is worth it.

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback. Is $10 an excessive charge for a personal guided tour...really? More 

Kalispell, Montana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Our docent had an outstanding presentation. We especially enjoyed the printing references which we still use today.

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Fort William, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Our visit was illuminated by a knowledgeable and passionate guide. The building is fascinating in its own right but it has been added to by maintaining the original working printing press and the leather tannery.

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sydney australia
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38 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I visited the museum and was knocked out by the achievements of Bishop Pompallier! They printed and bound over 40,000 books, tanning hides for the covers, the whole deal. Amazing! The bishop also learnt the local Maori language. A man far in advance of his time.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I cannot recommend highly enough the inclusion of a visit and tour of Pompallier. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and a great storyteller. We were given the opportunity to use the printing press and take away our print, and it was fascinating learning about the tanning process which the caretakers still continue. This is a significant piece of NZ history... More 

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

It's great that we could help bring NZ history alive for you. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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319 reviews 319 reviews
219 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I went to this museum with a certain level of expectation. The tour guide had wrote learnt a phenomenal amount of information containing maori words and names that were unfamiliar to my ear. She spoke at a speed that meant i only got every 3rd or 4th word. If she slowed down her speech I'm sure i would have enjoyed... More 

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback which has been noted. More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

As a family (son 8, daughter 7) we had a great time. The guide was very knowledgeable and the facts were intriguing. The grounds are very lovely kept. Well worth the visit.

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