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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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The influence of missionaries on indigenous peoples is often very mixed. However the story told at this historic site is more positive. The admission charge provides you with a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Canberra, Australia

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The influence of missionaries on indigenous peoples is often very mixed. However the story told at this historic site is more positive. The admission charge provides you with a tour of printery and tannery which was used by the missionaries. You are taken through the incredible process that occurred to print the books for the Maori people back in the... More 

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Cheshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little place to visit to learn about early tanneries and also printing press. Very informative tour and if you have young kids can be quite hands on.

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

$10 gets you a really informative tour, plus you can wander alone in the museum. Nice tea shop too plus interesting gardens

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission is an attractive building with an interesting history a short distance from the passenger ferry.For $10 you get a guided tour and hands on examples of printing and tanning from the 19th century.We took the additional option of coffee and croissant at the end for an inclusive cost of $19-50.Well worth it on both accounts, an interesting and... More 

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback on our exceptionally great value Coffee, Croissant & Culture Tour! Thank you More 

Brackley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informative, minimalist displays, with volunteers answering questions, also content to let you roam alone. Demonstrations available but volunteers are less keen to do these towards the end of the day. Well worth a visit to discover a fascinating dimension to early settler life.

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West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fab little coffee shop and patisserie attached to this historic attraction. Amazing French pastries, fab coffee and great service, in a relaxed and peaceful setting (on an old- fashioned veranda) overlooking the Bay. Definitely worth the extra few minutes walk.

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

We feel our French Coffee House has added a special dimension to the site. Thanks for confirming this. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful house and grounds and it is free to visit . The staff is very friendly and very knowledgeable about the place and there are very happy to explain everything. Thank you

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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. One correction. The day you visited was a National Free Day for our heritage sites. An admission fee of $10 applies for one of the best guided heritage tours in the country. More 

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very well thought out guide to what happened in the processes of tanning and printing in an outpost so far from the industrial revolution. Enthusiastic and informative guide inspired us.

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Fort Collins, CO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The printing and binding of books in the mid-1800s was an amazing process; as was the tanning of hides to produce book covers. The tour gives a chance to see these steps up close and understand the commitment labor and dedication of time required to produce a simple book. It's an amazing contrast to the technology we have today. The... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am so glad we did this it was great ! Our tour guide Maggie was excellent and really brought the place to life. She told us the story of the Catholic Maris brothers who starting printing scripture and prayer books in Maori. It was fascinating and I hadn't realised how many of our every day sayings come from the... More 

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