A few years back our family spent Christmas camping in Russell, and amongst many other activities spent a good couple of hours looking around Bishop Pompellier's house. It was fascinating to find out more about his work and influence and to learn more about his important role in the growth of Catholicism in New Zealand. A couple of times since, when I've heard of friends heading to Northland for a break, I tell them to make sure they visit the Bishop's house.
When our children were a little younger, we stopped off in Paraparaumu and climbed the hill to see the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes close up. It's a great little walk – doesnt take long, and obvious care has gone into setting up the walk as a Stations of the Cross experience.
Where else in NZ would you recommend a Catholic stop off or visit? What are some interesting places/ monuments/ experiences that perhaps aren't well known, but would be of interest to others of us here at Being Frank?