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Pompallier Mission

Address:

5 The Strand, Russell

Phone:

09 403 7861

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays: 10am–4pm
  • Weekends: 10am–4pm
  • Father's Day: 10am–4pm
  • Labour Day: 10am–4pm
  • Guy Fawkes Night: 10am–4:45pm
  • Christmas Eve: 10am–4:45pm
  • Boxing Day: 10am–4:45pm
  • Day off for Christmas Day: 10am–4:45pm
  • Day off for Boxing Day: 10am–4:45pm
  • New Year's Eve: 10am–4:45pm
  • New Year's Day: 10am–4:45pm
  • New Year's Day Observed: 10am–4:45pm
  • Day after New Year's Day: 10am–4:45pm
  • Waitangi Day: 10am–4:45pm
  • Day off for Waitangi Day: 10am–4:45pm
  • Valentine's Day: 10am–4:45pm
  • April Fools: 10am–4:45pm
  • Holy Saturday: 10am–4:45pm
  • Easter Sunday: 10am–4:45pm
  • Easter Monday: 10am–4:45pm
  • ANZAC Day: 10am–4:45pm

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. Pompallier operates as a working museum with interpreters demonstrating tanning, leather-work, printing and binding crafts.

The French Coffee House is open daily from 9am - 3.30pm.

There are daily guided tours at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, & 2.30pm See our website for more information.

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