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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

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Address: 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, 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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Great history lesson, great setting

Guided tour is a must. Guide is very knowledgeable and with his demeanour could have been part of the original group of settlers! - made you feel as though you were right there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Western Australia, Australia
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Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Guided tour is a must. Guide is very knowledgeable and with his demeanour could have been part of the original group of settlers! - made you feel as though you were right there back in the day.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was winter so no one was really there but it was a good thing to do. The highlight were the chickens that must be usually fed by tourists who were ambivalent to cars and were sought out the reverse camera. All well done with great outlook and gardens.

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Thank TP1111
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little old stone store with lots of history and trinkets to sift through and enjoy. Staff are really friendly, helpful and great to talk to. Spent a good couple of hours here

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While modest compared to say Williamsburg this tiny historic cluster of buildings is very much worth the visit. The Stone Store and Kemp House are two of NZs oldest buildings and run by the Historic Places Trust. Sitting on a small knoll close by is historic St James Anglican Church. The Stone Store faces the picturesque Kerikeri inlet and backs... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Stone Store is a fantastic place to visit, the amazing history of Store and surrounding area is worth a visit, there is so much to see within the grounds with the beautiful river, the wild life following you around it makes for a great place to visit

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Husband and I paid for the tour of the store and house and found it well worth the money. The guide was extremely informative and very personable. The views from the top floors of both buildings was delightful. I think the tours run every hour? We also walked up to the small church, the pa at the top of the... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved all the history and detail of the tour. We learnt so much about life and politics of early New Zealand. We loved the knowledge and enthusiasm of our guide

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Great place to visit for history in a lovely spot by the river. Great shop within the stone house for soveniors

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The Stone Store is really well done--lots of history if that is what you want and if not, the Store is awesome and the location amazing!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Nice walk over the river to the stone store and mission house, up to the church and across to the cafe , good parking available too

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