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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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Stone Store, still being used as a store today and set in beautiful, restful surroundings where a river meets the sea. This and Kemp House are full of history and well worth a visit. A recreation park across the river is wonderful for a...More

Thank 634janeb
Reviewed 19 May 2017

This historical location is well,worth a visit. Lovely views, a pleasant location, and the ladies who serve in the shop are very friendly. There is also a cafe close by.

Thank John S
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Interesting to catch up on some of New Zealand's heritage. The Stone House still operates as a store and there were visitors from the cruise ship that was in the Bay today. Plenty of grounds to walk round, not particularly nice in the wet but...More

Thank aholden862
Reviewed 15 May 2017

It had been years since our last visit and always worth going back. Lovely friendly staff with lots of local knowledge. So interesting to see the range of goods they would have sold in the "olden days" and also to read about the history of...More

Thank JohnspeedNZ
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We went out of hours but it was still interesting to walk round the area, read the signs and find out about early settlers to the area

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Had a great visit today to the Stone Store and Kemp House. Katherine our tour guide was wonderful and gave us a very animated tour - was refreshing to see someone do a tour that genuinely loves their job and really got into character. Was...More

Thank Ruth L
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

This old building is so unusual that it doesn't seem real. It is a current working store with a huge selection of interesting stock.

Thank Kiwisontour2013
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