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.
Please note: the café will be closed on Saturday, 6 August. We apologise for any inconvenience. The café will reopen on Sunday, 7 August at 10am.
We are located along the waterfront of Kororāreka Russell.
By public transport
From Paihia Wharf, take the passenger ferry, travelling to Russell. From there it’s a 3-minute walk to Pompallier Mission and Printery.
About 45 minutes north of Whangārei at Kawakawa, take SH11 to Opua, Paihia and Russell (via vehicle ferry). At the top of the hill leading to Opua, turn right and head down to the vehicle ferry which operates a continuous service during the day and a reduced service in the evening. Bookings are not required and you pay on board. For more information on the vehicle ferry visit the Russell website.
We have a small carpark onsite located at the end of The Strand. There is also free on-street parking in Russell (see parking signs for times). Bus parking is also available nearby in Russell. There is one designated accessible parking space behind Pompallier Mission and Printery (pop into the Café to arrange or call ahead); visitors are also welcome to use the carpark to drop-off and pick-up visitors for easy access.
Hours and Entry
10.00am - 4.00pm
Closed Christmas Day
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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To manage capacity within our heritage properties and to ensure you don’t miss out, we encourage you to book online before your visit. Pompallier Mission and Printery has a range of tours available to book online including our Coffee Croissant and Culture Tour.
Pompallier Mission and Printery has a range of buildings on site.
The French Coffee House (housed in Clendon Cottage) is a one-storey building, there is wheelchair access through the heritage store, just ask our staff for assistance or call ahead. There is access for people with wheelchairs to all areas of Clendon cottage and a drop-off point at the back entrance for visitors with limited mobility.
The Printery is a two-storey building, there is wheelchair access to the lower level of the printery via a ramp. Unfortunately, there is no access to the upper level.
The award-winning heritage garden is accessible by wheelchair. Please note there are shell paths throughout the property.
Food and Drink
Situated in the grounds of Pompallier Mission and Printery, the French Coffee House offers a variety of cabinet food and pastries, along with tea, coffee and other refreshments. Gluten free options available.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Open daily | 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Please note: the café will be closed on Saturday, 6 August. We apologise for any inconvenience. The café will reopen on Sunday 7th August at 10am.
Visitors are welcome to enjoy Pompallier’s peaceful beachfront gardens. Landscaped and added to between 1879 – early 1900’s in a Victorian and Edwardian style, it features resplendent lawn, colourful borders, a variety of roses, a fragrant orchard, and a hillside parkland walk with spectacular views and various specimen trees. We don’t want to give away too many secrets before you see it for yourself, but there is even a rare plant (best seen in spring!), and make sure to check out the curved hedge, very unique for it’s time!
The Pompallier gardens have a five-star rating from the New Zealand Gardens Trust.
With our award-winning gardens and beautiful seaside location in Kororāreka Russell, Pompallier Mission and Printery is the perfect unique setting for your wedding. We can accommodate up to 160 people for ceremony and photography in our glorious grounds. Available for hire year round. Contact us for more info.
Children and whānau
Both inside and out, there are plenty of things for kids to do. On tours you can explore the printery and take part in a hands-on demonstration. Outside, there is plenty to discover throughout the heritage garden, you can even walk up the hillside parkland walk!
We have baby change facilities available.
Things to remember
We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.
Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.
A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.