Pompallier Mission

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Russell , New Zealand
Street The Strand
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tours adult/child $10/free
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Built in 1842 to house the Catholic mission’s printing press, this rammed earth building is the mission's last remaining building in the Western Pacific. A staggering 40,000 books were printed here in Maori. In the 1870s it was converted into a private home, but it has been restored to its original state, complete with tannery and printing workshop. On the excellent guided tour you get to play with the tools and learn how to ‘skive off’ and become a ‘dab hand’.