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Pompallier Mission

Address:

5 The Strand, Russell

Phone:

09 403 7861

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays: 10am–5pm
  • Weekends: 10am–5pm
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Pompallier is the earliest surviving example of a rammed earth building (pise de terre) and oldest building associated with the history of the Roman Catholic Church in New Zealand. It was built in 1841-42 under the direction of architect Louis Perret, as a printer, tannery and storehouse for the mission as Kororareka.

The building and garden have recently undergone award-winning conservation. In summer, Pompallier operates as a working museum with interpreters demonstrating tanning, leather-work, printing and binding crafts.

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