Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell
(4.7/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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 and other attractions in Russell, use our Russell travel itinerary planner.
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  • Been here when the building was presented as a homestead....now in it original form as show piece of a working tannery and printing press, it is all that more interesting for the true history of Russe...  more »
  • Very interesting tour of the binary. Learnt lots about making books. Croissants and coffee very good at the cafe also. 
  • My companions didn't fancy a visit around the property; their reason was they aren't interested in religion. I think it was a glimpse of the gardens from the entrance that made me buy a ticket for the...  more »
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Lovely friendly staff who have a wealth of information that was shared and shown. One of the best places we visited in the Paihia/Russell/Kerikeri area
  • What a fantastic opportunity we had. We caught the last tour of the day. The lovely ladies did an amazing job. We are locals and we learned a lot about our local history something we found amazing. So much history in our backyard. We would recommend this as a must do in Russell. The gardens are amazing we spent a good half hour just enjoying the gardens.
  • Very educational, both on local history and on printing and tanning. Would definitely recommend.
  • Historical place. Nice to visit for enthusiasts and tourists. Great experience.
  • Great tours very well done