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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

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Address: 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
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+64 9-407 9236
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 place of NZ history

We decided not to do the tour but enjoyed the location and wandering around the store. We did however see one group who were on a tour and it sounded very informative and fun. A... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We decided not to do the tour but enjoyed the location and wandering around the store. We did however see one group who were on a tour and it sounded very informative and fun. A must-do, is to sit in their cafe out on the verandah, enjoying some lovely food and coffee.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here for a short 15 min stop and stayed several hours!! In saying that you don't need several hours here!!! As we turned up they were starting a tour of Kemp house which was great and very informative. Our 6 and 9 year old boys enjoyed it and were very engaged with the way it was presented and... More 

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Kerikeri Missio... S, Manager at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful and informative review of the property. This will be so helpful to other travellers with young family members. Glad you enjoyed your time with us and for supporting Heritage New Zealand. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to understand some of the history of N.Z. The Stone Store is N.Z's oldest surviving stone building (built in 1835) . It is now a souvenir shop with some lovely up-market souvenirs. Upstairs is a small museum, but unfortunately we didn't have time to visit it. There are lovely gardens around it , with views... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was just an old store/shop. Have to pay to go upstairs to a museum, but I didn't do that; I just wandered around the store. This is a place good for a quick visit to the store and a look around the surrounding area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

was a really nice place to visit, it was not that busy when we visited, and was very relaxing, with some good spots to sit outside and enjoy the surroundings.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit especially with the surrounding area and houses. Interesting history and the staff were passionate about sharing it's history. The buildings are cafes or shops but still keep their character. Good balance of history intermingled with tourism.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful spot, really enjoyed walking around the surrounding fruit trees and a fantastic spot for a peaceful picnic by the river. The stone store has a lovely shop, unfortunately we were too late for the guided tour but seemed to be a reasonable price at $10.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a stop if you're in the area but this really is just a little shop. I think you can also pay to go upstairs to a museum but we didn't do that.

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Collingwood, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful restoration of Stone Store. What a magical location on the river. Pakeha and Maori history. A visitor destination.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely store - love the period costume for the staff - and great cafe. A nice way to spend some time browsing.

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