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“Nicely restored historic location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Stone Store - Kerikeri Mission Station

Stone Store - Kerikeri Mission Station
246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, New Zealand
+64 9-407 9236
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Owner description: With two of the country's oldest surviving buildings sited in a beautiful riverside setting, Kerikeri Mission Station is a 'must do' for any visitor. Open for business since 1836, New Zealand's oldest store continues to trade. The Stone Store is one of the best shopping experiences in the country. Kemp House is New Zealand's oldest building and was built amidst turbulence and war. Our experienced tour guides bring these stories to life. Kerikeri Mission Stations Heritage gardens and orchards also offers easy walking options.
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“Nicely restored historic location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

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.

Visited November 2013
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“NZ history at its best.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Loved this piece of kiwiana history. Thank you Fay for tour, every Kiwi should do this :) The upkeep of the buildings is impressive, and the information insightful and interesting. Perfect for couples, children, families, all age groups. Allow 1-2 hours, had thought would be done in 30 mins but even after 1.5 hours barely noticed time gone. KeriKeri can be proud of this historic and important piece of history. Am loving my historical experience in a Northland and this has topped it off.

Visited July 2014
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“Great glimpse of New Zealand's European beginnings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

The tour of Kemp House (Mission Station) was, rather surprisingly, very interesting. The tour guide did a great job of relating tales of the life and times of the original residents and their descendants. This was complemented by some interesting displays in the Stone Store.

Visited July 2014
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“Wow!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 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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“Shop inside is hugely overpriced but worth a quick look.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

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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