Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 300+ 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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  • This is a must do , you can pay fir a tour or just enjoy looking at the garden and the heritage shop . Great gifts or things for your home . Lovely range of children's gifts , homeware and unique old ...  read more »
  • The tour of the Pompalier Mission consists of going through one building which houses a printing press and binding area. It was interesting though it felt more suitable for school groups as an educati...  read more »
  • Russell是紐西蘭很早的城鎮,第一個有歐洲人定居的地方,所以很多東西都號稱第一,第一個羅馬天主教堂、第一棟劣土建族、第一個工業建築,就是很多第一。喜歡看古文物的人,可以來走一下。 
  • 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.
  • Historical place. Nice to visit for enthusiasts and tourists. Great experience.
  • Great tours very well done
  • Never knew this was here. Excellent reconstruction of missionary printery with unique displays detailing its history...must see.
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