A mother a two children explore the garden of Pompallier Mission with the printery building in the background

Pompallier Mission and Printery is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. If you are visiting us, you will need to wear a mask and follow our Covid-19 requirements. At this time, we do not require Vaccine Passes for entry to our visitor sites, cafes and shops, however this may be reviewed in line with our Covid-19 policy settings. You can check our website on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date information and please stay home if you’re unwell. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Opening Hours

10.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Christmas Day

parking parking cafe no-smoking toilet shops


Member Free

Adult Guided Tour $20.00

Adult Garden Self-Guided $10

Coffee Croissant and Culture Tour $29.50

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events
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5 The Strand
On the waterfront
Russell 0202

+64 9 403 9015


A mother and three children walking through the gate to Pompallier Mission and Printery with the beach in the background

Visit this unique French foothold in the Bay of Islands and you'll see the mission's restored printing press in action. You’ll get an insight into the founding of the Catholic church in Aotearoa and the mana (prestige) Pompallier held in the community, with Māori and Pākehā alike. Finish your visit with French pastries and a promenade of the mission’s heritage-listed garden.

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Tohu whenua

Pompallier Mission and Printery is idenitified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site. Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.

A line drawing of the original Pompallier Mission site and other buildings in Russell by Edward Ashworth in 1844

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Photo: Edward Ashworth line drawing 1844

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