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Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Address: The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
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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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A bit of history

Well worth spending some time looking around this small French mission, some nice history good and bad.

Reviewed 2 days ago
yachtaiwa
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Russell, New Zealand

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Russell, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well worth spending some time looking around this small French mission, some nice history good and bad.

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worcester
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was another place we could use our National Trust membership. The mission produced printed books in Maori. We had a guide with just the two of us who was extremely informative and took us through the whole printing process.the history of Russell was also interesting, afterwards a visit to the cafe for excellent cakes!!!

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Busselton, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in hoping to have a look around but unfortunately it was closed. The coffee shop was open but we had just had lunch so was not interested. Basically cannot comment, except to say it will look great when finished!

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

We're sorry that you found us CLOSED for essential repairs to the historic building. We are scheduled to re-open in mid May. Our Gift Shop & Coffee House remain OPEN. More 

Buderim, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Costs $10 to find out a lot about early days of Russell, well worth the spend, didn't realise that the French mission had such an early influence.

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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a great guide and found the history if Pomapllier Mission mind blowing. The work put in by so few in such a short period was quite something. So please the Mission and contents have been preserved so will. Thank you

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

Thank you for your positive feedback. Best Wishes More 

Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

it was very nice to have staff actually and geniunely caring for you!!! big thanks to Airini, the local behind the desk lol =) so much help, knowledge and happiness....

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

Great that we could have such a positive impact on your visit and holiday. Best Wishes More 

Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

Tour was very interesting and educational, fully recommend. The guide was amusing and very informative.

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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This mission was built in 1842 and is situated in an isolated spot on the waterfront. $ 10 is quite a lot for less than one hour you spend in here.

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Napier, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We had Joan as our guide, she was lovely and did she know her stuff. Do knowledgable and happy to answer any questions we had. The building is amazing, very well restored and the demonstrated crafts are authentic. It is well laid out and the museum cabinets are lit by torch light as the building has no power. Tour is... More 

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

Thanks you for your commendation of our Guides and it means a lot to us that you had a great time on site More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

This is a real highlight and well worth the entry fee. So much brought to life with knowledge and enthusiasm.

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

Thanks you for your reflections and pleased that the experience was worthwhile. More 

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