The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Established in 1819, the Kerikeri Mission Station is one of New Zealand's first places where Māori invited visitors to to live among them. Built under the protection of local Ngā Puhi 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. Experienced guides share stories of fierce warriors and drunken sailors and earnest missionaries who preached, taught and battled to spread the Christian message amongst Māori, 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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SandLexia
Auckland Central, New Zealand113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
As NZ Heritage members our visit and tour was free with our subscription. Because
the current travel restrictions have kept tourist numbers down we were able to view both the Stone Store and Kemp House for the first time - our previous attempts to visit have been prevented by weight of numbers. We enjoyed our first look inside Kemp House - too short to allow full appreciation though. Upstairs at The Stone Store had no time restriction. Excellent.
Written October 16, 2020
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MartyDownunder
Canberra, Australia401 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
One of the main attractions of Kerikeri and worth a look .The surrounds/ gardens and buildings feel peaceful and near car park there are picnic tables . There is also a cafe which can be very full when the cruise ships and tour buses are in . The store has a tourist oriented gift shop ,
Written March 8, 2020
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand892 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Quite a bit of parking and I thought it was work a walk around. Loved the floor inside and some of the older stuff they sold was quite cool. Quite expensive (purchase of items in store), but I can imagine the upkeep of the building would not be cheap.
Written March 12, 2022
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Nicola B
298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took the tour - led by a very knowledgeable guide who explained the Maori history of the area and how the mission was set up. We are English so not particularly old by our standards but interesting just the same. The Europeans who came over had no idea what to expect and were leaving home forever - no planes or video conferences! The museum was also interesting and we had very nice coffee in the cafe. All in all worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written January 20, 2020
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Maire M
London, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The museum at the Stone Store is great, I spent a couple of hours visiting it an could have spent longer. Upstairs there’s a room full of transcripts of early settlers diaries and accounts of life in the mission settlement. You could spend weeks reading through them. There’s a shop downstairs selling all sorts of stuff. The guide to
Kemp House was knowledgable and brought the house to life with anecdotes of life
in the eatly days of settlement
Written March 5, 2020
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Ozzie1
Kerikeri, New Zealand3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Love the gardens and river.

The staff at the Stone Store have been consistently quite standoffish, and of late rude.

Way too much concern over masks after the lockdowns ended. Often standing around chatting to other staff rather than making an effort to talk to customers.

We are locals and would often buy gifts here but have stopped coming in after being barked at by an overly officious and unfriendly staff member.
Written March 26, 2023
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dccv1
Toronto, Canada306 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The store is the oldest surviving stone building in New Zealand and is well maintained. We found the history very interesting, especially the fact that the local Maori chiefs saw the advantages in trade with the Europeans - they seemed to have some real power in the partnership which is something we did not really see in North America. Well worth a visit.
Written November 22, 2022
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CraigH0901
Adelaide, Australia1,220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A large area to explore. Walk from the store across the bridge to the Maori Village - NZD10 each to explore on your own. There is plenty of signs - no need for a guide. There is also a Maori boat on that side with picnic grounds as well. Back on the store side, there is a good cafe with plenty of seating. The oldest building in NZ and the Stone Store Museum and shop to look through. Another NZD20 for both buildings.

You could spend hours here. Be prepared to walk around on well maintained tracks.
Written February 23, 2024
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DRMB
Bongaree, Australia1,993 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Very interesting gardens and surrounds and fascinating well preserved buildings authentic small cafes. Didn’t have any tea or coffee as appeared bit pricey. The gardens have huge old magnolias which I though were Morton bay fig trees but informed by lady at stone house - magnolias! Very good and tranquil walk around the gardens and foreshore but I do wish they would do something about the feral chickens! They are every where and must carry lice and disease eg potential carriers of bird flu?
Written March 13, 2020
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Kia ora DRMB, We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Kerikeri Mission Station. We're glad to tell you that we don't have any feral chickens (although we do have a small flock of geese). Unfortunately chickens do too much damage to our lovely gardens, so we don't allow them on our site. The geese just mow the lawns! However there are chickens in the Department of Conservation park on the other side of the river from us. If you have concerns about any health risks posed by the chickens you should probably discuss them with the Department of Conservation. Ngā mihi
Written March 14, 2020
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Kaylie B
Napier, New Zealand52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We loved it here. We didnt do a tour but did pay to look around the stone house museum which was very informative. The gift store has loads of awesome stuff. Cafe has good food. Unfortunately the pa site was closed for maintenance. Could easy spend a couple of hours here. Good for all ages.
Written December 27, 2020
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