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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 1 week ago

We spent the whole afternoon here. Fantastic. With joining Heritage NZ you can visit this and other sites free - and a family membership was $69 - great value. Walked to the old power station, picnicked on the grass, checked out the Stone Store museum...More

Thank mwfamily2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice bit of history here although $8 to view the upstairs part seems a little steep for what’s there. Maybe a $20 family pass would be a better option.

Thank RouleurCycles
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a couple of enjoyable hours here. Fascinated by the history and relaxed by the water. Stopped for refreshments at the Pear Tree and shopped at the Stone Store. All definitely worth visiting.

Thank bushkanz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a most incredible building and the attached home and surrounds are all steeped in interesting history. The gardens are magnificent. It is a delightful place to visit!

Thank 140jeffreyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Stone Store and Kemp House provide an excellent opportunity to look at some of NZ's earliest construction. The internal contents of both properties can only be accessed if you pay an additional entry fee and I would suggest going on the tour to maximise...More

Thank MartyPN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Stone store is a must for us every time we visit this beautiful part of NZ. So many reminders of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and so welcoming. We highly recommend a visit to this amazing house - it's...More

Thank Margaret M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always good to see what our early settlers built and did. It is an impressive building and it is open to the public too. The setting is magic.

Thank Keith C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in for lunch, closed for the winter. Store has interesting array of items, really tourist oriented. Cafe and restaurant look good, but unfortunately not open.

Thank cdscons
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived after 5pm so the buildings were closed, but from outside they looked stunning. The surrounding gardens and trees, and the river, were beautiful. Certainly a place worthwhile visiting.

Thank Bornean
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is such a beautiful location and a great spot to walk around. The Stone Store has all of its charm and a fantastic gift shop that you will find many quirky items as well as specialty New Zealand hand-made items.

Thank Megan A
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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