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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Owner description: 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.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Wow!!”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We came up to the Stone Store on a recommendation, I paid $10 for a tour - children were free. The tour included the Kemp house also - Debbie are guide did our tour - and WOW, was she knowledgeable!! I have been here for 12 years, and have learnt a lot about the Maori culture, but she filled in all the gaps - what it was like during the very early days. She should go around schools to tell them the stories she knows.
The stone house was amazing, and to be able to see how the roof fitted together was very educational :) Kids had a quiz to do, and were given some postcards as a prize!
I would have liked the cafe to be open though :(

Visited July 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Shop inside is hugely overpriced but worth a quick look.”
Reviewed 14 July 2014 via mobile

Not overly exciting but worth a stop for the obligatory photo of the two old houses. Inside the shop is a rip off...a tiny bottle of jam for 11 dollars...you are having a laugh.

Visited July 2014
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Well maintained building and lovely surroundings”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

The Stone Store has been very well maintained and was worth the visit. But we felt the items on sale very overly priced. The grounds are kept in excellent condition and were very nice to walk around. Its a pity you can't see in the residence at the Mission Station as you can step on to the verandah but only see through two windows. Others have block out net on. And to see inside there is a fee/tour. So we had a wander around the gardens and over the walk bridge to other sites nearby. Limited parking near the store and signage can be a little confusing.

Visited July 2014
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Hastings, New Zealand
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“Great sight acrosss the river”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Did a bus tour and parked over the river from the Stone Store. Just it's iconic presence demanded respect. Quite picturesque with the church perched on a hill above and the oldest wooden house adjacent.

Visited July 2014
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Corry, Pennsylvania
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“Pretty little park setting”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Historic place in Kerikeri, interesting items for sale in store. Did not do the extra upstairs tour.

Visited June 2014
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