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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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Beautiful scenery.

A very well kept and tidy area for tourists and locals alike. Very serene and the area around the Stone Store & Kemp House well manicured.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

A very well kept and tidy area for tourists and locals alike. Very serene and the area around the Stone Store & Kemp House well manicured.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place gets big write ups, but I can't see why. Quite a trek to get to, you drive miles out of town to get back to s car park which is on the opposite side of the stream to the building. Then when you get there it is just another souvenir shop!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the Stone House and Kemp House. The area is beautiful both there and surrounding the houses. There were locals picnicking and children playing in the water. These are the oldest structures in the country and provide a glimpse into the past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the most beautiful settings we've seen. The stone house is full of beautiful treasures, the garden magnificent and the café warm and inviting. Staff were wonderful. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I enjoyed my tour through both of these buildings. For $10 I thought it was great value. The Stone Store is open to all on its ground floor, which is essentially a souvenir shop selling old fashioned goodies that fit in with the feel of the old place. I paid my entrance fee and was admitted to the two upstairs... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take the time to wander around the oldest trading store in the area, nostalgia for time gone by sets in

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very scenic and you can take nice walks around the grounds. Busy little cafe there as well. Lots to explore around the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been visiting the Stone Store and Kemp House since the early 1980s and was incredibly impressed at how well this important historical site is now presented. The closing off of the main road and diversion has left this an area where it is now easy to imagine what life may have been like when this was a missionary... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kerikeri is a lovely place to visit and the Stone Store and Kemp House are part of the experience. Well worth a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great tour of the Kemp house with a great story teller guide..our 8 year old was enchanted. The tour guide was very personable and engaging and made the history of the house and the families who lived there come alive. Highly recommend the tour at $10 (free for under 18 year olds)which also includes access to the 2 upper... More 

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