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Pompallier Mission and Printery

The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 9015
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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 Strand, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 9015

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Today Tania was our guide through the Mission She brought to life the intersection of Maori and French cultures through the Catholic mission at Russell. The print press still works and the Tannery is still operational. The equipment is beautifully hand crafted The garden is...More

Thank Wendy Z
Reviewed 3 days ago

If the history of printing interests you, then this is your tour. Also the coffee and chocolate croissant are excellent :)

Thank MHOConnor
Reviewed 3 days ago

My small group showed up for a tour not really knowing what to expect but were rewarded with two very knowledgeable guides who walked us all through the house while explaining the tanning, printing and bookbinding that was done by the Marist priests working under...More

Thank Rozthegreat_powerful
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a great tour of pompallier. I didn't have high expectations when I went but the tour was fantastic, really hands on and informative. The staff were brilliant. It was great to learn where so many phrases come from! Recommended, just make sure you...More

Thank samthecannon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not very expensive and worth the money. Interesting description of the 19th century prining and tannery processes.

Thank chrismC3787HK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my Parnter visited today. We didn’t mind the 10 dollar entrance fee; and even the school group we went with today was absolutely wonderful. Very fascinating history and something that everyone should take the time to do. Big congrats to our tour guide...More

Thank Ben B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had identified this place as being a worthwhile visitor attraction and we were not disappointed. The guide we had was very knowledgable and gave a run down of the early history of this corner of Russell. It was very interesting and the guide was...More

Thank Neil M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an excellent experience. The grounds and buildings are well-kept and beautiful. We interacted with three staff members, all gracious, informed, and enthusiastic. We got more than we expected from the guided tour--many detailed explanations (but not too detailed) and insights. As I have...More

Thank Moniquepeep
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're glad to have provided a special memory on your holiday. Thank you for letting us know.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited last week with my son and his very shy 8 year old son and was so impressed with the guide (a Scottish woman) who was able to engage with my grandson and draw him out and involve him in the printing process. He...More

1  Thank Maggie692017
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you. That's marvellous that your son was inspired by his visit. Ka pai!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pompallier Mission and Printery apart from being a historical site in the old capital of NZ it has the most Beautiful gardens all well cared for and a multitude of colourful flowers...

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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
The response depends on where you are coming from. If you are in Pahia there is a regular ferry service across the bay to Russell, and the Pompalier House, as stated above is only minute walk from the ferry wharf.