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Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Address: The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-403 9015

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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Very interesting and informative. Particularly if you have a history bent. There will be limited appeal if the kids are very young.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting and informative. Particularly if you have a history bent. There will be limited appeal if the kids are very young.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The children loved the hands on approach of this living museum printery. Great to hear the history or Russell as well. Everyone really enjoyed our tour. Our youngest is very proud of his very own Print.

Thank KimHartley2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great tour of the house with all the printing history of early New Zealand. Very interesting for all ages.

Thank gkberryman
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting historical tour - well worth it. I didn't try the cafe but it looked good as well. Will visit again.

Thank Stylstnz
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free with Heritage NZ membership, but (compulsory) guided tour, included in $10 admission price, left us really impressed by the quality of the Guide's knowledge of historic facts and practical understanding of tanning, printing, and early building techniques, which made for a fascinating tour. Highly recommended for NZers and tourists (including children) interested in New Zealand's history and early settlement... More 

Thank Peter A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family popped into Russell for a visit last week, and as ex-Marist school kids, my wife and I thought the Pompallier buildings would be worth a visit. Set in beautiful gardens, the historic buildings have been amazingly restored. Our guide Arini, was fantastic. We learnt so much about the history of the place, and the artisan works that used... More 

Thank Shaun C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hadn't expected to be offered a tour with the price of admission, but jumped at the chance. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. She showed us the methods of building an unusual rammed earth house, and demonstrated the complexities of the printing and bookbinding that took place there. This included the tannery for the leather covers for the books... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Lovely guide, learnt lots about the area as well as the house itself. Kids got hands on with the printing press and weren't bored at any time!

Thank Fantastic4NZ
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

I am not normally interested in history and only went in as I had time to pass. I went on the guided tour and LOVED IT! It was so interesting and I learnt so much about all sorts of things. I was really surprised! Highly recommend this to others.

Thank Nadine740
Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately the hours don't seen to mean much here as we just wanted a quick visit after getting off the ferry to be told (actually yelled from the door) that she locked the gate at 20 to! She was meaning 3:40 but the signage says closes at 4. Fit a national building of significance you would think at least the... More 

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