Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell

4.7
New Zealand's oldest Roman Catholic building, Pompallier Mission and Printery also represents the country's oldest rammed-earth structure. The pioneering Catholic missionaries constructed the building in the 19th century, using the rammed-earth style of their hometown Lyon. Step inside to learn about the processes of tanning, printing, and binding that the missionaries used to produce over 30,000 books and tracts, some published in Maori. After the guided tour you can explore the award-winning heritage garden, offering sweeping beach-side views across the bay. To visit Pompallier Mission and Printery on your holiday in Russell, and find out what else Russell has to offer, use our Russell trip builder app .
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  • Very nice local Russell town historical attraction! Well worth the little bit of admission fee. The grounds and the printery are fantastic. Very interesting talk given by the tour guides on the histor...  more »
  • I thought this might be a cool break on a hot day but it was so much more. The gardens and orchard are lovely but the guided tour is really worth doing as the printery and tannery are really interesti...  more »
  • The fact that our grandchildren ( 3, aged 10 to 5) asked so many questions as we went on the tour, confirmed what we thought before we decided to take the tour - they would learn so much from the expe...  more »
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  • This is easily the best thing to do while you're in Russell. It's a gorgeous old building and the tour is absolutely worth every penny. Great for history buffs, lovers of antiques, kids, and anyone interested in how things work. Plan your day around this for sure!
  • The little pieces of history stitched together is so interesting.
  • Lovely situation on the Russell waterfront ,great gift shop and has a cafe ,delicious scones but isn't always open in the winter
  • Historic building. Stunning. Worth a visit.
  • Fascinating piece of New Zealand history expertly detailed by guide Julie.

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