Pompallier Mission and Printery, Russell

4.6
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.
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  • They do a great job of sharing an important piece of local history. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was well worth the time.  more »
  • We all thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history of Russell, the culture of the Maoris, and how early books were made in New Zealand from our very knowledgeable guide. This was a wonderful...  more »
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  • A lovely heritage building, with nice gift shop, and nice café. Their coffee is good, and their croissant is great. The coffee is reasonably priced, though $6 for a croissant with a small pot of cherry jam is a bit dear. Unfortunately, to go beyond the gift shop, you'll have to pay. Hence, we would have to for go looking at their beautiful garden.
  • Heritage French building has a cafe and a gift shop. Guided tours only, staff was very informative. Has a good walk up point on a hill with a sea view.

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