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Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Address: The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
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+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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For History Lovers

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Hannah W
Madison, Wisconsin

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The guide is very impressive with her knowledge of everything on site. There are replica of the ancient machinery to show you how tanning and printing were done. If you have to prioritize , do spend enough time at waitangi treaty ground before doing that. We came for this and realized we could have spent the time at waitangi instead.... More 

Thank Chocochu
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Thank Hannah W
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The influence of missionaries on indigenous peoples is often very mixed. However the story told at this historic site is more positive. The admission charge provides you with a tour of printery and tannery which was used by the missionaries. You are taken through the incredible process that occurred to print the books for the Maori people back in the... More 

Thank Robert D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little place to visit to learn about early tanneries and also printing press. Very informative tour and if you have young kids can be quite hands on.

Thank Prof1Cheshire
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

$10 gets you a really informative tour, plus you can wander alone in the museum. Nice tea shop too plus interesting gardens

Thank HKinsey
Penzance, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission is an attractive building with an interesting history a short distance from the passenger ferry.For $10 you get a guided tour and hands on examples of printing and tanning from the 19th century.We took the additional option of coffee and croissant at the end for an inclusive cost of $19-50.Well worth it on both accounts, an interesting and... More 

Thank Andy M
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback on our exceptionally great value Coffee, Croissant & Culture Tour! Thank you More 

Brackley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informative, minimalist displays, with volunteers answering questions, also content to let you roam alone. Demonstrations available but volunteers are less keen to do these towards the end of the day. Well worth a visit to discover a fascinating dimension to early settler life.

Thank 4m0rgans
West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fab little coffee shop and patisserie attached to this historic attraction. Amazing French pastries, fab coffee and great service, in a relaxed and peaceful setting (on an old- fashioned veranda) overlooking the Bay. Definitely worth the extra few minutes walk.

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

We feel our French Coffee House has added a special dimension to the site. Thanks for confirming this. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful house and grounds and it is free to visit . The staff is very friendly and very knowledgeable about the place and there are very happy to explain everything. Thank you

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

Thank you for your feedback. One correction. The day you visited was a National Free Day for our heritage sites. An admission fee of $10 applies for one of the best guided heritage tours in the country. More 

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very well thought out guide to what happened in the processes of tanning and printing in an outpost so far from the industrial revolution. Enthusiastic and informative guide inspired us.

Thank Anne M

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