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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
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A trading house for Maoris in a bygone age and there're still trading today - you can buy souvenirs here.

Thank rosemarydibb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Morning well spent.. the gardens and area around the Kemp house and Stones corner is a great way to spend couple of hours Combined tour of the kemp house and stones corner is $10 pp which is worth the price to get to know the...More

Thank Bijal R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its been done over since the last time we visited ... but nicely so. A very historic and pleasant place .... :)

Thank TambonzRobertson
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Stone Store and Kemp House are some of the oldest structures in New Zealand. The store has a variety of items for purchase and the staff are very friendly. One can also take a tour of the building. The Stone Store has been in...More

Thank rnightingale3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are lots of places to buy touristy gifts in NZ, but the Stone Store is a real gem. Trading has been happening in this amazing old building since 1836. The collection of things inside will have your mind working overtime, just to figure out...More

Thank b0ris2
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 7 November 2017 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 4 November 2017

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 11 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
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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