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“Pompallier house and Pompallier mission are one and the same”

Pompallier Mission and Printery
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Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland
Ranked #1 of 28 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.
Reviewed 30 March 2014

This was a very interesting tour of about 45 minutes. From the tannery to the printing press to the bindary itself, there was a lot of information available about the time and how the french published the bible in maori. Clever dudes

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Definitely a lovely shell of a building but you can see that from outside without paying. We had been to Kemp House and were hoping for the equivalent Catholic missionary story here but were very disappointed. Instead it is a working description of various crafts including leather making, book binding and printing. If these are your interests it would be great but if you think you are hearing about the early catholic French missionaries you will be disappointed both by the lack of description about this and the lack of period furniture and fittings. We would not go again

Thank StaresDevon
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Rarely have we had such an articulate and informed tourist guide! One might expect a history of tanning and printing to be tedious, but given the historical context, the knowledgable demonstrations and the superb site, it was fascinating! Don't miss this.

Thank An0ther0pini0n
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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.

3  Thank Penelope C
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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.

3  Thank Kiwisaupo
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