Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell

4.7
#3 of 11 in Historic Sites in Northland Region
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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  • August 7, 2017
    We came for a look around, not realising it was a guided tour, and decided to join the tour. It was definitely worth the $10 and 45 minutes! Interesting history of the building and grounds. We all enj...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Thoroughly enjoyable. Joan the guide was fantastic. Held everyone's attention. Superb visit at the end of the Russell beach. There is a lot to take in  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    The tour guide was remarkable. So informative and clearly passionate. She kept the children engaged as well as keeping it interesting for the adults!  more »
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  • Great tour, knowledgeable staff, fun facts that kept us talking long after we left
  • Taking a guided tour of the Pompallier Mission house was the highlight of our short trip to Russell. We enjoyed learning so much about the history of the origins of the mission in NZ from our delightful guide, Joan. She shared so many facts and interesting stories and demonstrated to us how life for the early missionary settlers must have been. My wife even got to make a print with the original proofing press. The grounds and building are lovely, but far more engaging when we learned from Joan the details of the history surrounding them. If you are visiting Russell, even for a short trip, it is well worth taking this most interesting guided tour.
  • Just had coffee and cake but looked lovely from the out side
  • Awesome historic site! People there were really friendly
  • Interesting.. but could do without an hour tour (compulsory).

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