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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 7 August 2017 via mobile

We came for a look around, not realising it was a guided tour, and decided to join the tour. It was definitely worth the $10 and 45 minutes! Interesting history of the building and grounds. We all enjoyed having a play with with tanning pits...More

Thank mmhaylock
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback and glad we provided a 'surprise and delight' moment to your holiday.

Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyable. Joan the guide was fantastic. Held everyone's attention. Superb visit at the end of the Russell beach. There is a lot to take in

Thank Alistair M
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

The tour guide was remarkable. So informative and clearly passionate. She kept the children engaged as well as keeping it interesting for the adults!

Thank madcollins
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely afternoon tour with Rini who was very knowledgeable about the printing house and got our girls involved in the tour. Definitely a must do if you head over to Russell

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This lovely place is a a fantastic way to look at history, Stunning gArdens, an intriguing history and a passionate guide explaining the life and love of this building and surrounding areas. Would highly recommend.

Thank Lisa-lynx
Reviewed 7 July 2017

Being in the off-season, Russell was fairy quiet on the day we visited. The Mission was our highlight. Maggie was our personal tour guide and cheerfully related the amazing story of the establishment of the mission, on-site tannery and printing factory. Great displays of the...More

Thank kim60_11
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We were very impressed with the tour guide who filled us in on the mission and history of Russell. Very interesting!

Thank TropicSplendor
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Thank you for your feedback and very pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 24 May 2017

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

Thank yachtaiwa
Reviewed 18 May 2017 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...More

1  Thank aholden862
Reviewed 1 May 2017

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!

Thank Keza_WA
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

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.

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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.