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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 2 days ago

I visited last week with my son and his very shy 8 year old son and was so impressed with the guide (a Scottish woman) who was able to engage with my grandson and draw him out and involve him in the printing process. He...More

Thank Maggie692017
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Pompallier Mission and Printery apart from being a historical site in the old capital of NZ it has the most Beautiful gardens all well cared for and a multitude of colourful flowers...

Thank aexcell
Reviewed 1 week ago

The guided tour of the Pompallier printery and tannery is unexpectedly great. Our guide shared her enthusiasm for the history of the Mission and her wealth of knowledge about mission printing in the 1800s and the way concepts were translated from French into Maori. That...More

Thank Don L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Pompallier House as part of a day trip to Russell. The house, printing works and gardens were all absolutely fascinating, and our tour guide, Airini, probably the most knowledgeable and passionate about her subject we have ever encountered. She really brought the place...More

Thank Phillip K
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora Philip for your feedback and commendation of Airini. We're thrilled to have 'made your visit'! Ka kite ano.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just wandered in to this museum without any expectations and we're amazed at the stories, hands on demonstrations and excellent delivery of fascinating facts. Absolute value for the $10 per person entry fee

Thank Bobbim55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's this kind of historical attraction that makes me proud to be a Kiwi! Presented with integrity and pride and refreshingly un-tacky! Tour guide was interesting, informative, articulate and great at getting children involved. The historic printery is inspiring and obviously a great source of...More

Thank LucasPR2017
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the tour of the printery. It wasn't what we were expecting but exceeded our expectation. Great history on the area and some of the important areas of NZs early formation in the bays. Our guide was excellent and very friendly. Loved learning...More

Thank Joe_Stevenson85
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We loved this visit. Our guide was great working with people aged 5-55 and everything in between. The gardens and building have been beautifully and faithfully restored. A real insight into the history of the area. IF you join Heritage NZ you get in here...More

Thank mwfamily2017
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Really interesting, kids loved it too. Guide had great knowledge, loved the hands on experience and demonstrations. Enjoyed learning about the 'print' sayings.

Thank Angela G
Reviewed 4 October 2017

I cannot understand why people do not make the most of their admission fee by taking the guided tour. IT IS SO WORTHWHILE!!! What you get to see without the tour is a nice garden and the outside of some historic buildings. What you get...More

Thank MartyPN
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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.