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Pompallier Mission and Printery

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Address: The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-403 9015
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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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for the lovers of history

Been here when the building was presented as a homestead....now in it original form as show piece of a working tannery and printing press, it is all that more interesting for the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Been here when the building was presented as a homestead....now in it original form as show piece of a working tannery and printing press, it is all that more interesting for the true history of Russell

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting tour of the binary. Learnt lots about making books. Croissants and coffee very good at the cafe also.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My companions didn't fancy a visit around the property; their reason was they aren't interested in religion. I think it was a glimpse of the gardens from the entrance that made me buy a ticket for the guided tour. We assembled in the gardens which were pretty enough. Our guide gave a background to the setting up of the mission... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beautiful place was well worth a visit. An interesting and captivating tour that was quite hands on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit the Pompallier printers! We had a spare afternoon and popped in. I've never visited an old printing works before and it was fascinating. We learnt a lot from the informative guided tour. I'd thoroughly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a born-again atheist and have a bit of trouble understanding why a bunch of French Roman Catholic priests would come to the other side of the earth 150 years ago to set up a printery. Well, they printed bibles in the newly formed Maori written language. It's all here in the museum. It's been lovingly restored and equipment of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

So much cool history and the original birthplace of soo many "sayings" used today !! Your a dab hand A devil of a job First impressions Coined the phrase!! Knock it into shape Sooo cool!!!

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Cool is great! Thank you More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This tour was very interesting. Learning about the history of Russell was great, as well as the hard work that went into making bibles. Our kids enjoyed exploring the gardens. There is something for everyone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We enjoyed our guided tour on Sunday which took just over an hour. The guide was very knowledgeable and the gardens are lovely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

An amazingly building in an amazing location with an astonishing history but the thing that lifts it to five stars is the quality of the guides. Not only do they know the story and tell it clearly but they are expert: they can genuinely do the skill they will show you. Unique. Go.

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

This feedback is really valued by our Guides. Thank you! More 

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