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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  • The guided tour of the Pompallier printery and tannery is unexpectedly great. Our guide shared her enthusiasm for the history of the Mission and her wealth of knowledge about mission printing in the 1...  more »
  • The Museum describes the stages of creation of the first books in NZ. A lovely lady we offered a tour in a small group and we could, among other things: print a page with the press of origin, see in detail the treatment of the leather and the making of a book. For the record, the building which was sacrified a few years ago, would be the oldest industrial building in NZ. A must see.
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  • We visited Pompallier House as part of a day trip to Russell. The house, printing works and gardens were all absolutely fascinating, and our tour guide, Airini, probably the most knowledgeable and pas...  more »
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  • Great tour, knowledgeable staff, fun facts that kept us talking long after we left
  • Great place to really hear the history of New Zealand.
  • Great place to see the history of New Zealand.
  • 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

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