There is parking on the right hand side of Kerikeri Road before you reach The Stone Store, the latter having been built in 1835 is the oldest surviving stone building in New Zealand. Parking therefore doesn't detract from the picturesque setting and visitors can at least get a little exercise - for a few metres.
It was originally built at the mission station as a storehouse and developed into a general store, a function which it maintains to this day - you can wander around the ground floor and make purchases from staff dressed in period costume. At least one of them was presumably doubling in the role of a school headmistress on the day we popped in and was only too happy to point out in a frosty manner that we’d missed the last tour of the day for the upstairs section. That will be lines or detention for you boy! Tours cost $10, including entry to the Mission House (Kemp House) or are free to NZ Heritage Members and (according to other reports here) reciprocally for English Heritage, National Trust and presumably Historic Scotland and National Trust Scotland Members - if you’re from the UK it’s worth asking.
The Mission House (or Kemp House) built around 1822 is apparently the oldest house in New Zealand and has the attraction of having a café at the rear of the building - The Beehive - which also looked very appealing but shared the opening hours of its neighbours. There’s a walk on a causeway over the river which gives a good photo opportunity to capture both historic buildings and the old church located on the hillside behind. The path circles round to a bridge for re-crossing the river to the car park.
We can’t comment on the guided tours but it’s a pleasant spot for a visit and walk in any case.
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