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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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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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
paula4157
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Rotorua District, New Zealand

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Rotorua District, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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

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

auckland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was an interesting visit.Do it if you want to know more about NZ history. It's about printing and the tour guide really explains every step of the process. The coffee is good and the pastry is delicious.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fully restored printing house from early 1800s as well as a tannery, gardens and buildings. Take a tour to learn the amazing history of how printing started here.

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Waikanae, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating rammed earth building built in 1841. Well interpreted by Heritage NZ staff including demonstration of printing and binding techniques of the time used to publish religious texts by Mission.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This has been one of the best guided tours of such an interesting building. It is a must for visitors to Russel. The setting is beautiful overlooking the Russel harbour. The gardens are a delight to walk around. Once you finish this tour you have the option of having croissants and coffee at the cafe. Once we had our first... More 

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