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Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch

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Top off a trip to the Bay of Islands with a sailing adventure aboard the “R. Tucker Thompson.” You can help hoist the sails on this tall ship, a replica of a 100-year-old schooner. It’s ideal for exploring the bays and beaches of the maritime park. Catch a complimentary ferry from Paihia to Russell and enjoy a barbecue lunch provided on board.
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Foodie4food wrote a review 12 Jan
214 contributions52 helpful votes
We did this in a wet windy day instead of boating and totally enjoyed the experience ! Do book in for the guided tour though which can be done via the gift shop on site . Not so easy for those with babies as the second part of the short tour is up stairs. A nice touch is for families to actually print a momento on one of the printing presses upstairs to take home . Great touch and the explanation of where many of of English phrases and terms come is educational ie “ first impressions “ is the the first copy of the print etc . Guide shares a short history of BOI and Russell which segways into the Mission and the work of the priests and the process of printing and binding the prayer books , from tanning the leather to the finished binding ! Quite extraordinary. Loved the experience and finished off with great coffee and perfect light pastries on the French cafe patio . Highly recommend And do give me a thumbs up if this was helpful
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Serendipity wrote a review 4 Jan
Auckland, New Zealand105 contributions39 helpful votes
This is a must see place as the history is fascinating . We had the guided tour and learnt so much about the history of Pompallier and the printery as the guide was very knowledgeable. After the tour we visited the museum within the building and was intrigued by the information and artifacts on display. A tour around the gardens is a must see with many fruit trees.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from KirstyHofs, General Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it!
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Avocadonut wrote a review 1 Jan
Christchurch, New Zealand15 contributions11 helpful votes
A cafe that advertises all day croissants and coffee as the main trade runs out of croissants 1.5 hours after opening. Poor show. Beautiful surroundings and view...but again, no croissants seems unredeemable when we'd been seeing adverts all around Russell for them. Sure it's a busy season...but no surprises there. Cannot recommend unfortunately.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from KirstyHofs, General Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for taking the time to review our French Coffee House here at Pompallier Mission. We continually bake fresh batches of our croissants and pastries all day, so we have a fresh supply throughout the morning and afternoon. If there were none at the moment you arrived, there would have been a fresh batch out shortly after - if you had enquired at the counter any of our lovely staff members could have let you know. I'm sorry you left disappointed, but rest assured that we do have plentiful croissants available throughout the day, every day.
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BigZed52 wrote a review Nov 2020
Gisborne, New Zealand128 contributions30 helpful votes
Wonderful tour of a fascinating historic building. Our guide (a young English woman) was knowledgeable and only too happy to answer our questions. We learned a lot about printing processes, and the origins of many common sayings, e.g. "to coin a phrase", "out of sorts", "first impressions". We highly recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from KirstyHofs, General Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery
Responded 10 Nov 2020
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review - we rely on our visitors to let others know what they think of their time here with us! So glad you enjoyed it, and got a kick out of those sayings!
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Tabatha1998 wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland, New Zealand519 contributions94 helpful votes
Interesting piece of history. We had an interesting guide, who far exceeded the allocated time for the tour, so we felt like we got great value for money.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from KirstyHofs, General Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery
Responded 10 Nov 2020
Thank you for your review and for coming on tour with us! How fantastic that you got a slightly longer tour - we're not often able to offer that!
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