Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell

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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 knowledgeable guide (don’t think she introduced herself) but really very interesting facts about the place. Definitely worth a visit also for kids.  more »
  • Nice place, very interesting with the guided tour especially, the story of the missionaries Catholic french and printing of the bible not Maori language. A delicious "french" Café is adjacent to the mission.
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  • Pompallier has a really nice cafe and tourist shop adjacent to the main building. Great views of the sea and yachts with a small garden in between. The staff are really friendly and helpful. The tour ...  more »
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  • Lovely gardens but do take the guided tour of the mission building. A very knowledgeable guide takes you through the processes of printing books and binding then with leather. They tan their own leather to make the book covers and you get right amongst it in their small tannery.
  • Fascinating tour through early Catholic missionary work in the Pacific, including the early days of book-making. Well worth the fee.
  • Brilliant visit. Took the tour. Really informative. Lovely French guide. Had coffee and a croissant there in the lovely cafe and shop.
  • 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!
  • Hadn't known what to expect. Fascinating account of the French Catholic missionary and of the tanning, printing, and book binding industry
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