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Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Address: The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
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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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Pompallier Mission is a very interesting museum, cataloguing the early days of catholic missionaries in New Zealand. The short guided tour was informative and the quality of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
bigron08
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pompallier Mission is a very interesting museum, cataloguing the early days of catholic missionaries in New Zealand. The short guided tour was informative and the quality of the exhibits, illustrated the work of the missionaries in translating and printing books and material for the Maori population. To compliment the visit there is a lovely cafe serving great coffee and croissants.... More 

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

We're thrilled you had a great all-round experience with us. Thank you More 

Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house speaks for itself, but the cafe is awesome,fresh tea (not bags) and the best I have had with the chocolate offering in puff pastry, they get them from France would you credit it, it was really fantastic. That's high praise from a chef with 50years experience in the trade.

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

We value your assessment of our French Coffee House. Thank you More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit. The history of the mission is fascinating and was brought to life by our excellent guide, Julie. She demonstrated the ways in which the printers were used and also the tanning process for the leather. We also loved the cafe. One not to miss if you go to Russell

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

Thank you for your feedback on our guides. This keeps us all motivated to delivering a great visitor experience More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This may not seem to be a very attractive place to visit but it is a secret gem. We did the tour with the guide and the whole experience was fascinating. The guide was brilliant and it was amazing seeing how the Tannery works and how they did the book binding.

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

Who doesn't like a hidden gem! Thank you More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very cool historical building with a working tannery and printing press setup. The tour was fun and interactive with an enthusiastic tour guide. Highly recommended if you like historical buildings with functional setups -- we got to try our hand at tanning and printing. I would give this place 5 stars if it wasn't for a major gripe. In the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful old house with an affordable entrance fee of $10.- (for a change). Great to see how they lived over a hundred years ago, and also to wander through the small garden. A nice peaceful place away from the clamber of the summer holidaymakers outside.

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

A Sanctuary in this once sinful southern sea. Thank you More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Entrance into the main buildings is via the guided tour only and at $10 it is well worth it. Apart from the vivid descriptions of the history of the place there is a fair amount of ( optional) hands on activity which is fun.Good cafe too

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

Thank you for your very positive feedback More 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came away knowing so much more occurred here than thought, our guide knew all the facts and actually demonstrated the tanning processes as well as the printing, actually this is one of the best tour led visits I have done.

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

Thank you for your validation of our tour. We value your comments which have been passed on to Tracy. More 

Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wandered along to here from the jetty and were pleasantly surprised. Thought we would just be visiting a building but the guided tour through the stages of book production in the 1800s was fascinating. Lovely gardens too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good tour, team have recreated the original tannery & printing set up - great way to spend an interesting hour - good garden & café too

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