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“Very interesting small museum focused on printing in the mid-1800's”

Pompallier Mission and Printery
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US$172.97*
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Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Russell
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Owner description: 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.
Plattsburgh, New York, USA
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“Very interesting small museum focused on printing in the mid-1800's”
Reviewed 25 March 2014

The museum is named after the first Catholic bishop, who came to Russell, NZ in 1840. At the house which is now the museum, the priests printed books in the Maori language. As I understand it, until then the Maori did not have a written language, and the French priests worked with Maori leaders putting their oral language into writing. So Father Pompalier had a very significant impact on the Maori people.

We shared our guided tour with a student group, and the expert guide was outstanding in engaging the students, allowing them to hold and use items which were part of the many stages of turning animal hides into book covers, printing, gluing, stitching and binding the pages.

Many people visit Paihia and take the ferry to Russell, or stop in Russell after a cruise to the Hole in the Rock, as we did. It is definitely worth a visit to Pompalier House for anyone interested in history.

Visited March 2014
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Taupo, New Zealand
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“Printery lesson”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

What a great guide, very informative and she had a good sense of humour too with some much younger visitors. I learned a lot. Thanks, Well Done.

Visited March 2014
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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256 attraction reviews
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“Mission and Trade Route”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Interesting history and building showing not only the mission activity bur the trade development. The early europeans must have felt very isolated

Visited January 2014
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Level 4 Contributor
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“Who knew it could be so interesting!”
Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

Honestly, this was so interesting and we learned so much. Go and take a tour, you'll be glad you did. The guides are wonderful.

Visited March 2014
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Cairns, Australia
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8 reviews
“History and culture”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

A chance to learn about early settlement history and local culture. Very interesting and eye opening.

Visited March 2014
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