Pompallier Mission and Printery

Pompallier Mission and Printery

Pompallier Mission and Printery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 tanning and book-making as it was done by courageous pioneers living in this tiny outpost, over 170 years ago. Delight in our award winning heritage gardens, take in the wonderful views across the Bay and browse our Heritage Store for a unique reminder of a special place. Relax in our French Coffee House and enjoy the best coffee and views in the Bay! Covid19: We have increased hygiene protocols, hand sanitiser available, smaller tour group numbers, and contact tracing on site for all guests.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • tanya b
    Perth, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very worthwhile for experience.
    We had a wonderful visit to Pompallier House. We took the tour which was so interesting and informative. Our guide, Tracey had a wealth of knowledge about local history and the printing press. We were fascinated and learnt so much. A very worthwhile for experience. Thank you.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Pioneer700663
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour a must
    The guided tour is a must. Our guide was local and had so much knowledge of the history. Her explanation and the way she imparted the story was 5 star. The tour provides so many insights including the origins of some of our everyday sayings. Don’t miss it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Joel K
    Vancouver, Canada3,604 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous tour and great docent
    We went in at the recommendation of our proprietor at the Acadia Lodge Inn. We were not disappointed. We opted for the afternoon tea and admission option. It was a nice respite sitting on the patio and relaxing prior to the tour. The tour and the tour guide was fascinating revealing an aspect of Russell History that we were not aware of about the French missionaries.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • deborahbC3444RB
    322 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed!
    This was one of the standout of this trip. The guided tour of the printery was amazing and very informative. We were the only two so we were not rushed and had plenty of time to ask questions and view the different parts of the printery. Terri our guide was knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. The self guided tour of the gardens was a bonus. There is a small gift shop and a lovely French cafe on site. After the tour we had morning tea with fresh produce to accompany our drinks. Service again was friendly and efficient. I would imagine that it would get busy so go early.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
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Megan E
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I was quite disappointed in the guided tour, it felt very slow and uninspiring. Perhaps I’m just not a history buff, but the first 20 minutes were spent sat outside listening to the tour guide in the blazing sun rather than seeing anything. We then eventually went inside the house to listen to more anecdotes, but by that point my attention span was waning. It’s a pretty hefty subject to be lectured at such a slow pace. I left half way through.

I’m sure some people would really enjoy this, but it wasn’t for me. It could do with more visual aids and interactivity up front so you don’t lose the crowd before you’ve even begun.
Written 30 January 2024
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deborahbC3444RB
322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was one of the standout of this trip. The guided tour of the printery was amazing and very informative. We were the only two so we were not rushed and had plenty of time to ask questions and view the different parts of the printery. Terri our guide was knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. The self guided tour of the gardens was a bonus. There is a small gift shop and a lovely French cafe on site. After the tour we had morning tea with fresh produce to accompany our drinks. Service again was friendly and efficient. I would imagine that it would get busy so go early.
Written 18 November 2023
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We went in at the recommendation of our proprietor at the Acadia Lodge Inn. We were not disappointed. We opted for the afternoon tea and admission option. It was a nice respite sitting on the patio and relaxing prior to the tour. The tour and the tour guide was fascinating revealing an aspect of Russell History that we were not aware of about the French missionaries.
Written 29 October 2023
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Pioneer700663
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The guided tour is a must. Our guide was local and had so much knowledge of the history. Her explanation and the way she imparted the story was 5 star. The tour provides so many insights including the origins of some of our everyday sayings. Don’t miss it.
Written 16 September 2023
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Kevin T
Auckland, New Zealand1,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Found the cafe at the end of the waterfront and enjoyed an afternoon tea and a pice of cake. Brilliant staff and an enjoyable experience. Enjoy……
Written 28 August 2023
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tanya b
Perth, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We had a wonderful visit to Pompallier House. We took the tour which was so interesting and informative. Our guide, Tracey had a wealth of knowledge about local history and the printing press. We were fascinated and learnt so much. A very worthwhile for experience. Thank you.
Written 25 June 2023
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JoR
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Interesting tour of the museum, and our tour guide very good and informative. Would recommend if you spend some time in town.
Written 18 May 2023
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Bron R
Melbourne, Australia410 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Having visited Russell many times over the years, I did not realise that Pompellier had a picturesque cafe out the front with waterfront views, a truly beautiful spot. My husband & I sat out on the narrow verandah, so peaceful and pretty. We had cappuccinos (excellent) and shared a slice of the best apple pie, it was delicious. Service was delightful, friendly and cheerful, wish more service providers were like this!
Written 19 February 2023
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Happyjohnny
Auckland, New Zealand407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
It is well worth the entry fee to go see a bit of early New Zealand history. The effort that has gone in to preserve this historic building is excellent.
Written 29 January 2023
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Stewarts Vacation
1,037 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We were here for the cafe and enjoyed a delicious coffee seated on the deck overlooking the bay towards Paihia! It is a small cafe with limited seating, however, there are some picnic tables in the garden too. Their specialty is French pastries and slices which all looked tempting! The service was prompt and the staff were friendly.
Having read other reviews, we would be keen to take the tour next time we are there.
The adjacent gift shop displayed an abundance of interesting items, many locally made.
Written 24 January 2023
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