Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell
(4.7/5 based on 320+ 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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  • This estate was named by Bischoff Pompallier, who was also the first bishop of New Zealand. It was the seat of the Catholic mission in the Western Pacific. The House, which was built in die design (the method was brought by the French missionaries) had to offer many trades. One has used printed books and bound and tanned the leather for the bindings yourself. The first religious texts in the language of the Maori were printed here. The tour of the House is very interesting and informed also about the beginnings of the Christianization of New Zealand and other historical events. And you can create even hand on the printing press. The garden is beautifully landscaped and invites to the stay a. I can definitely recommend a visit.
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  • So much cool history and the original birthplace of soo many "sayings" used today !! Your a dab hand A devil of a job First impressions Coined the phrase!! Knock it into shape Sooo cool!!! 
  • This tour was very interesting. Learning about the history of Russell was great, as well as the hard work that went into making bibles. Our kids enjoyed exploring the gardens. There is something for e...  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