Pompallier House

The Pompallier Mission house is located on The Strand, Russell.

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Pompallier House was the first Roman Catholic Building in New Zealand. It was built in 1842 to house the first Catholic Mission to New Zealand. Pompallier House  was also New Zealands first factory. The building operated a printing press, printing over 30,000 books, some of the first in Maori.

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The building is unique because of its rammed earth construction. To save costs the builders used earth from the site to build walls of mud and sand that hardened to create solid walls. Today the building is open daily for visitors from 10am, and you might be lucky enough to catch a guided tour.