Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell

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Historic Site
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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  • We had Joan as our guide, she was lovely and did she know her stuff. Do knowledgable and happy to answer any questions we had. The building is amazing, very well restored and the demonstrated crafts a...  more »
  • This is a real highlight and well worth the entry fee. So much brought to life with knowledge and enthusiasm.  more »
  • Was an interesting visit.Do it if you want to know more about NZ history. It's about printing and the tour guide really explains every step of the process. The coffee is good and the pastry is delicio...  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