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Pompallier Mission and Printery

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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. Relax in our French Coffee House and enjoy the best coffee and views in the Bay!
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“printing press” (36 reviews)
“book binding” (22 reviews)
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The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
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+64 9-403 9015
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"printing works"
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"gardens are lovely"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pompallier has a really nice cafe and tourist shop adjacent to the main building. Great views of the sea and yachts with a small garden in between. The staff are really friendly and helpful. The tour itself was the best yet - the guide was...More

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A painstakingly renovated piece of history with plenty of anecdotes and facts about Russell and life in the early European settlements. There is a bit of hands on and plenty of time for questions as well as enjoyment of the grounds and surrounds. History buffs...More

Thank Eli2478
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tracey was very interesting and we loved the tour. We learnt a lot and would recommend this tour. We had a great chat with both Tracey and Arini (apologies for spelling) in the gift shop afterwards. The gardens were lovely to wander through too.

Thank debcol25
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a definite must-see while you're in Russell. Very interesting history of the mission itself and the printery that was there originally. Do a tour, the lovely (Scottish) lady was very knowledgeable and made it fun. Would also recommend you try the cafe while...More

Thank Gill O
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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who would have thought print could be so interesting - brought to life by two excellent guides who interacted well with the children, engaging them in the subject.

Thank Arte1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the tour of this historic building. Lots of colonial history on how books were made, tannery, printing. Well worth the visit!!

Thank E4232RDpauls
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

Great experience and the guided tour is very reasonably priced. It has an extraordinary place in NZ history and is well worthwhile. Take the time and enjoy the Cafe as well!

Thank David G
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

loved it. guide was nice. detailed. gardens were so beautiful. inspired me to do more gardening. loved the kauri tree in the background. so nice to see it. tropical and lovely

Thank alanandmichelle2018
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Most of the Missions were C of E but this one was run by French Catholics. The buildings and tour was interesting and our guide was very well informed

Thank williamcE5285TF
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

A wonderful 40 minute tour of the old mission house. The tannery, the presses, the bookbinding and some historical artifacts all well presented and explained.

Thank martinjill b
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beve281
13 January 2015|
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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.
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