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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 4 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the informative tour through Pompallier Mission, Printery and Tannery. The guide was excellent with lots of really interesting info on the history of the place and very knowing the printing and tanning processes. After the tour she made sure all the children...More

Thank Louise M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Very nice local Russell town historical attraction! Well worth the little bit of admission fee. The grounds and the printery are fantastic. Very interesting talk given by the tour guides on the history of the Marist Brothers. Cute little museum at the end of the...More

Thank berniek409
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thought this might be a cool break on a hot day but it was so much more. The gardens and orchard are lovely but the guided tour is really worth doing as the printery and tannery are really interesting and reveal quite a unique...More

Thank Anne L
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for taking time to share your memories.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The fact that our grandchildren ( 3, aged 10 to 5) asked so many questions as we went on the tour, confirmed what we thought before we decided to take the tour - they would learn so much from the experience. How true that was....More

Thank porteous_nz
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Really glad this appealed to all generations. Ka pai!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fourth or fifth time we've been here but always very interesting. Essential to do the guided tour to really understand what this place was all about.

Thank Dominic R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only went here because I did my homework and checked out what got good reviews on Tripadvisor. I'm so glad I did! It was a real gem with fantastic insights into and demonstrations of printing, tannery and book binding processes, things I had often...More

Thank lcj1031
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your generous feedback. We're pleased that your experience lived up to your expectations.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why did we wait so long? Kept meaning to visit as new arrivals and when out of town friends came to stay, we all went together. What an interesting hour it was, that just flew by with our knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Highly recommend this...More

Thank Linda P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Along with a small group of friends, we completed the “Coffee & Croissants” tour at Pompallier. Our very personable guide really brought the history of the mission and printers to life and it was fascinating to learn how so many words and expressions in our...More

Thank JillyatSea
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for spending your special celebration with us.

Reviewed 10 December 2017 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
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Glad your time with us was so rewarding.

Reviewed 8 December 2017

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

Thank MHOConnor
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Thanks for the 'thumbs up' for our coffee & croissants!

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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.