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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

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Address: 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
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+64 9-407 9236
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Bay of Islands is New Zealand's foremost historic area, birthplace to...

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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Oodles of history

Plenty of history here and in lovely settings. Beautiful grounds and staff in the store were in period dress - some of the items were a little quirky too.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Plenty of history here and in lovely settings. Beautiful grounds and staff in the store were in period dress - some of the items were a little quirky too.

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Seneca, South Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We were driving inland from the bay of Islands and came to Kerikeri. The lower part of town touched the water. We found the old stone store that was established by the early settlers to this region. They have some interesting displays and provide a tour for a fee. It's a good place to stop for a while.

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London, United Kingdom
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Great for a walk around and to take in the local history. We did the tour and museum access which was well worth it. The guide was friendly and informative.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful time visiting this Historic building and enjoyed browsing through the Stone store and it was a trip back in time, nice staff, good prices and very interesting. I recommend you take the tour, only a few dollars. Loved the scenery, , great place out back to have a picnic and make sure you take a cheap... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice for a visit to see the oldest store. There is something for everybody there. Real beeswax candles. Some nice unique jewelry. They have also opened an online shop. Great place to buy gifts or souvenirs

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Famous Kerikeri stone house set in a lovely parkland area right on the edge of the river and over the bridge to the carpark and nicely manicured park. The stone house has many, many old time things to see. There is a cafe next door on the edge of the river. This is a lovely picturesque setting and a must... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If in the area anyone should visit to learn about early white settlers and their relationship with the maoris.

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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, you can come here just to sit by the river/basin and enjoy the sun and the ducks. But there's also a lot to see, like the Stone Store, NZ's oldest stone building and the Mission house.

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Napier, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

this is a must stop as it is a beautiful building, ancient stone floors and lovely old shelving with amazing things to buy. Service was a bit slow to start but fine once they were coerced into giving us some customer service

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Greeted by chicken wandering the car park, we crossed the bridge and went to the Stone Store... fun to look through, I liked the subtle mix of old exhibits and items you can buy - but we didn't pay to go upstairs or do the tour of the house, as we had to wait an hour for the next one.... More 

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