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“printing press”(36 reviews)
“book binding”(23 reviews)
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...more
The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
+64 9-403 9015
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All reviews guided tour printing press book binding printing works croissants rammed earth nz history gardens are lovely maori language old house lovely guide religious texts interesting visit interesting building new zealand from france great tour
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We couldn't do a tour as the house was under repair so there was no entry. We thoroughly enjoyed the 10 minute video on the history of the printery and also the lovely gardens. While there you can enjoy light snacks at the cafe and...More

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take a guided tour of the printery and then visit the small museum. In addition there is a lovely garden. This historic property is a must see in Russell.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 10 September 2018

With lots of hands on opportunities, and a good context in the guided tour, this is a very interesting historical stop. Plus a pretty garden.

Thank cookpias
Reviewed 10 August 2018

This was a bit of a surprise but a very interesting one. The two visitors with me were expecting just another historical building but they ended up really enjoying their visit.The building it self & garden are lovely even without the fascinating history behind them....More

Thank Dawn H
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Every New Zealander should make this s bucket list thing. Fantastic visit - we learnt lots and finally found something to thank the Catholics for!

Thank Leeanne65
Reviewed 18 July 2018

Very Interesting wee place ! Has a lot of history behind it ! It has a lovely cafe and a little boutique shop on site ! I recommend having a look around this beautiful place , you wont regret it

Thank AylaN_iToursntix
Reviewed 5 July 2018

David was our guide for the tour. His passion and knowledge kept us engaged and entertained for over an hour. We learned so much about printing, book binding, hide tanning and local history/culture. We honestly did not expect to enjoy this so much, but we...More

Thank joanhessidence
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2018

Thank you for your feedback which we are delighted to receive!

Reviewed 25 June 2018

Great wee shop and cafe,lovely view,boutique little town,fresh and friendly.free wifi,historical shop,easy parking.

Thank johnjU8499QN
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Guided tour only which was good as there were so many stories about this lovely old house. If you are even slightly interested in early Printing it would be heaven for you! Lovely views from the upstairs windows.

Thank Sandra L
Reviewed 19 June 2018

found the information interesting and to be able to participate in some of the activities make it even more interesting. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and good to listen too.

Thank Roseyhurley
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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.