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Stone Store - Kerikeri Mission Station

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Address: 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-407 9236
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Description: 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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Memorable - A excellent selection of merchandise to choose from. Displays from history and information about the Stone store. Well presented and with staff in costume.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Morrinsville, New Zealand
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Morrinsville, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Memorable - A excellent selection of merchandise to choose from. Displays from history and information about the Stone store. Well presented and with staff in costume.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This really nice old building has a store inside that sells tourist type things including replicas of old historical items. Very interesting and worth a few minutes visit. The grounds are nice and right on the water.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This was included as part of a tour. Our guide was very good, he told us all about the history of the house. The stone store is a lovely building and there are some nice things to buy. There are pretty gardens with a huge magnolia tree , waterfall and sitting areas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Mission Station is wonderfully preserved because it remained in the family of the last missionary until recently. The Store has three floors to explore with interesting exhibits and artifacts on every level, some relating to when the building was constructed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

I found the history behind the stone store and Kemp house rather interesting. If you want to know more about the early Maouri history of the area you should definately go. It isn't a big site though so don't expect to spend a long time there. There is also a very nice garden, cafe, and hiking trails around the stone... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Very well organised, good information, child friendly, something you have to visit and must not miss out when you are up North!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Evocative setting for early settler activity. The architecture so aptly captured the Colonial period. The river crossing is as it must have appeared to the early settlers. The garish modern footbridge upstream somewhat ruins the overall scene.

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Merimbula, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

For people who appreciate the historical significance of a property or location, then you must see this. Visually stunning and superbly located adjacent to the inlet, it offers a treat of olde worlde charm. We explored the the Stone Store, the adjacent building (now a cafe), church, and gorgeous inlet gardens and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Like Waitangi, this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Stone Store is a very interesting building and shop, by the river, on the outskirts of Kerikeri, near the Bay of Islands. We spent an enjoyable afternoon exploring the olde worlde store, cafe and riverside. The sun was shining and we walked over the river from the car park by way of the stepping stones, which was very pleasant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

If you enjoy history, you'll enjoy this place. The Stone Store is the first store in NZ & staff dress in period costume. At the door they've detailed what it took in material to build the store & prices of the day. You can buy odds n ends, but not at period prices. Times they have a changed!

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