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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
+64 9-407 9236
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The Bay of Islands is New Zealand's foremost historic area, birthplace to Maori and Pakeha (European) relations and home of the Kerikeri Mission Station. Established in 1819, the Kerikeri Mission Station is one of New Zealand's first places where Maori invited visitors to to live among them. Built under the protection of local Maori chiefs who were keen to harness the trade and technology of Europe, Kerikeri Mission Station grew amidst a backdrop of tribal warfare and ever increasing visits from foreign ships. Located only 5 minutes from Kerikeri the Kerikeri Mission Station has a range of activites available. The grounds tour is a visitor favourite - experienced guides share stories of fierce warriors and drunken sailors and earnest missionaries who preached, taught and battled to spread the Christian message amongst Maori, a proud people with their own ancient traditions. The Kerikeri Mission Station is also the site of two of the country's oldest surviving buildings- The Stone Store and Kemp House.
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246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
+64 9-407 9236
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wonderful historic village. Beautiful walking tracks. Has little areas for a bbq, can swim, fish and has a cafe by the stone house. Beautiful views, ducks and chickens to welcome you for memorable visit. Can bring dogs but not on walking tracks. Worth a visit...More

Thank Roberta N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had to come to the stone store as the guest staying with us wanted to purchase some fabric that she saw last October I loved the kiwiana room with all the amazing retro stuff in it. As I am into the 1950's era it...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Park and walk over the bridge to the Kemp House 1822 and Stone Store 1836. Both are in good condition inside and out with lots of brochures and displays explaining the history of the area. Two major pa overlook the inlet and buildings, Rewa's Pa...More

Thank kitten16
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Stunning views. Excellent history of New Zealand. Great to see it hasnt been overcapitalized! Kerikeri - excellent place to be

Thank Bronwyn G
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Always a joy to browse through the old and artisan style items in the store. It is impossible to leave without finding a little gem.

Thank BirgitE-H
Reviewed 27 June 2017

It is great hearing and seeing what the early settlers had to struggle with when they first settled New Zealand. A must see place.

Thank ggmiller1965
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Great area to walk around and enjoy the scenery. Wonderful setting by the inlet and river. Watch the ducks splash around. Park in the main car park off Landing Rd. Enjoy the view from the other side of the inlet. Wonderful photo - Stone Store,...More

Thank getdihere
Reviewed 5 June 2017

The stone store museum and Kemp house are incredibly well designed exhibition taking you through the early NZ history. We loved all the interactive displays and insights from our tour guide.

Thank Robin_Laura
Reviewed 25 May 2017

A great place to view a slice of original NZ. Wonderful setting, picturesque and peaceful. Plenty on offer to engage the curious.

Thank Chardnuts
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The Stone House has plenty of interesting items to purchase, generally related to the past and the operators are very willing to share their knowledge of its history. The river opposite is picturesque and above is a site of a Maori pa, which is worth...More

Thank Keith P
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Jesslyn C
3 July 2017|
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Response from Kerikeri Missio... S | Property representative |
I would give at least an hour to 1.5 hours at our site. The Mission Station is a large site with a garden of national significance, orchard, lovely river setting. Then of course the two oldest buildings in New Zealand... More