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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 weeks ago

We were very impressed with the tour guide who filled us in on the mission and history of Russell. Very interesting!

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

Thank you for your feedback and very pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 23 May 2017

Well worth spending some time looking around this small French mission, some nice history good and bad.

Thank yachtaiwa
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

This was another place we could use our National Trust membership. The mission produced printed books in Maori. We had a guide with just the two of us who was extremely informative and took us through the whole printing process.the history of Russell was also...More

Thank aholden862
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We called in hoping to have a look around but unfortunately it was closed. The coffee shop was open but we had just had lunch so was not interested. Basically cannot comment, except to say it will look great when finished!

Thank Keza_WA
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

We're sorry that you found us CLOSED for essential repairs to the historic building. We are scheduled to re-open in mid May. Our Gift Shop & Coffee House remain OPEN.

Reviewed 27 April 2017

Costs $10 to find out a lot about early days of Russell, well worth the spend, didn't realise that the French mission had such an early influence.

Thank ritchie0938
Reviewed 20 April 2017

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

Thank paula4157
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Thank you for your positive feedback. Best Wishes

Reviewed 20 April 2017

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....

Thank schur
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Great that we could have such a positive impact on your visit and holiday. Best Wishes

Reviewed 19 April 2017

Tour was very interesting and educational, fully recommend. The guide was amusing and very informative.

Thank jpmonte
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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.

Thank jobst56
Reviewed 14 April 2017 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...More

Thank Gingerules
Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thanks you for your commendation of our Guides and it means a lot to us that you had a great time on site

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wondered how one gets into town when we dont have transport. only here for one night. early morning check in required.
13 January 2015|
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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.