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 and other attractions in Russell, use our Russell travel itinerary planner.
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  • Excellent visit, if you are interested in craft techniques don't miss it. The guide was very professional and the display also.
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  • This is a very well thought out guide to what happened in the processes of tanning and printing in an outpost so far from the industrial revolution. Enthusiastic and informative guide inspired us. 
  • It was interesting and somewhat unexpectedly plunge Catholic past of this region. An interesting place for history buffs
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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