Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell

4.6
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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  • An early printery, an early tannery - and all of it unexpected. Wander along the Russell waterfront and buy your ticket into the past... Monks settled here, tanned leather for book binding and set up ...  more »
  • We caught the ferry from Paihia to Russell as it was a stop over on our Bay of Islands cruise. We had a few hours to wander around before our cruise. The Pompallier Mission and Printery was on the boa...  more »
  • The Cafe had excellent food and the service by the girls serving very classy and super friendly. They told us quite a lot about your beautiful Russell. We will be back  more »
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  • A lovely heritage building, with nice gift shop, and nice café. Their coffee is good, and their croissant is great. The coffee is reasonably priced, though $6 for a croissant with a small pot of cherry jam is a bit dear. Unfortunately, to go beyond the gift shop, you'll have to pay. Hence, we would have to for go looking at their beautiful garden.
  • Heritage French building has a cafe and a gift shop. Guided tours only, staff was very informative. Has a good walk up point on a hill with a sea view.
  • Very disappointed to find an entry fee to enter the site even the garden, and not cheap either. For a NZer thought our historic sites would be more accessible to average NZ family. Chose not to go in as entry fee out of our budget.
  • Cool place. Especially loved the cartoon Catholica and other quirky gifts available in the shop.Russel is generally a lovely place to visit. Great cafe too.
  • Amazing guided tour, I leant so much about the early history of this area. Thank you so much, definitely well worth doing👌
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