You must take a tour to see this mission. Our tour guide was excellent. Memorable visit. Amazing history.
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.