Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell

(4.7/5 based on 360+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • This may not seem to be a very attractive place to visit but it is a secret gem. We did the tour with the guide and the whole experience was fascinating. The guide was brilliant and it was amazing see...  more »
  • Very cool historical building with a working tannery and printing press setup. The tour was fun and interactive with an enthusiastic tour guide. Highly recommended if you like historical buildings wit...  more »
  • Wonderful old house with an affordable entrance fee of $10.- (for a change). Great to see how they lived over a hundred years ago, and also to wander through the small garden. A nice peaceful place aw...  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