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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

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Address: 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-407 9236
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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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A must if in the area

Only a small charge for an excellent tour, of the first house in New Zealand and a self conducted tour of the stone house. So many interesting facts and artefacts.Staff dressed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Only a small charge for an excellent tour, of the first house in New Zealand and a self conducted tour of the stone house. So many interesting facts and artefacts.Staff dressed in period costumes, great hard ware shop to buy things hand made nails etc.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

interesting past, Maori and white, man eatting, wars, guns, religion, first European house, Pretty setting with a horrific past

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Thank Colleen V
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nz is a beautiful place but the historical places are a bit thin on the ground. I really enjoyed spending a few hours here as the scenery is lovely with walks to do and a well loved English style garden. The $10 tour of the house was entertaining and it was really interesting to see how people faced the challanges... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The stone store is an amazing historical building with allsorts of curiosities to buy. I recommend purchasing the $10 Kemp House tour as this also gives you access to the two upper floors of the Stone Store, the second level is an information centre of sorts providing information about the early history of the Maori and Pakeha in the area.... More 

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Thank annika81
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

While the building was quite cool, I was unimpressed with the store itself. There were various trinkets like any souvenir shop. I believe you can take a tour but I'm not sure of what as I did not take it.

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Thank Amanda R
Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stone Store has lovely surrounding, we loved especially the blossoms of the magnolia trees. The museum itself was not very exciting for us. Also the guided tour through the small garden did not pay our attention. However if you like romantic scenes it may worth a short visit.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building - pity we missed the guided tour due to the time of our arrrival. Still managed to get some great photos of the exterior. Several people enjoyed swimming and diving off the nearby deck.

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Thank Vonny-Russ2001
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Could not believe that we have missed this place before. Such a place that was of great scenery, historic buildings and nice people. The white-haired gentleman greeted and welcomed us into the Stone Store, and we were even amazed by the displays around and felt so special on stepping onto the stone ground.

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Thank Sunny W
Greater Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend the tour of Kemp House and the Stone Store. Very reasonable cost gives insight into the history of the area, the surrounding countryside and the history of the house and store. Very interesting. Ate lunch at the Pear Tree Restaurant on the verandah overlooking the bay. Food was as good as the scenery. Very friendly and professional staff... More 

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Thank 787Lyndy
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with cousins in January and were very pleased to find two such interesting buildings to visit in one place. It was a scorching day as we began our visit but we were able to enjoy a delicious ice-cream while exploring the garden and grounds of The Stone Store and Kemp House. Plenty of information available on the early... More 

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