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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. Relax in our French Coffee House and enjoy the best coffee and views in the Bay!
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“guided tour” (79 reviews)
“printing press” (36 reviews)
“book binding” (23 reviews)
LOCATION
The Strand, Russell, New Zealand
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+64 9-403 9015
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"guided tour"
in 79 reviews
"printing press"
in 36 reviews
"book binding"
in 23 reviews
"printing works"
in 12 reviews
"croissants"
in 7 reviews
"rammed earth"
in 9 reviews
"nz history"
in 23 reviews
"gardens are lovely"
in 8 reviews
"maori language"
in 6 reviews
"old house"
in 5 reviews
"lovely guide"
in 5 reviews
"religious texts"
in 5 reviews
"interesting visit"
in 5 reviews
"interesting building"
in 5 reviews
"new zealand"
in 34 reviews
"from france"
in 6 reviews
"great tour"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a bit of a surprise but a very interesting one. The two visitors with me were expecting just another historical building but they ended up really enjoying their visit.The building it self & garden are lovely even without the fascinating history behind them....More

Thank Dawn H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every New Zealander should make this s bucket list thing. Fantastic visit - we learnt lots and finally found something to thank the Catholics for!

Thank Leeanne65
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very Interesting wee place ! Has a lot of history behind it ! It has a lovely cafe and a little boutique shop on site ! I recommend having a look around this beautiful place , you wont regret it

Thank AylaN_iToursntix
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Reviewed 4 July 2018

David was our guide for the tour. His passion and knowledge kept us engaged and entertained for over an hour. We learned so much about printing, book binding, hide tanning and local history/culture. We honestly did not expect to enjoy this so much, but we...More

Thank joanhessidence
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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Thank you for your feedback which we are delighted to receive!

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Great wee shop and cafe,lovely view,boutique little town,fresh and friendly.free wifi,historical shop,easy parking.

Thank johnjU8499QN
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

Guided tour only which was good as there were so many stories about this lovely old house. If you are even slightly interested in early Printing it would be heaven for you! Lovely views from the upstairs windows.

Thank Sandra L
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

found the information interesting and to be able to participate in some of the activities make it even more interesting. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and good to listen too.

Thank Roseyhurley
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Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

What a very interesting place to visit. Very knowledgeable guides who take the time to explain everything in simple language. The gardens are lovely to look around even in winter. Lots of interesting things in the shop including heritage seeds. Highly recommended if you’re in...More

Thank Peonie49
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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Glad you had a great visit.

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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

I highly recommend this tour. Took our kids (11 and 13) and they were fascinated by the tour and loved it. The guide was excellent and knew his stuff.

Thank DaveDogNZ
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Pompallier, Manager at Pompallier Mission and Printery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Brilliant! Ka pai!

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

Very knowledgeable guide (don’t think she introduced herself) but really very interesting facts about the place. Definitely worth a visit also for kids.

Thank rubarb91
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beve281
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.
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