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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 via mobile

Checked out the stone store which is one of the main attractions in Kerikeri. The staff were very friendly and the shop itself contained a good selection of gifts. The surrounding field offered a good location for relaxing in the sun and would be ideal...More

Thank lawmochung
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You must take some time to visit this historical site. The gardens are simply stunning and the coffee shop has great scones jam and cream.

Thank Milton C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, it was a great privilege to be on the site of this early Christian mission, to see the careful restoration, read or listen to the narration in the exhibits, shop in the well-curated store and to imagine this period of Kiwi history. Second, though,...More

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 13 October 2017

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 10 October 2017 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 10 October 2017

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 6 October 2017

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 4 October 2017

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 3 October 2017

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 October 2017

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
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Jesslyn C
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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