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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

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Address: 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-407 9236
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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 NZ history

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 days ago NEW

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 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love scenery and photography then this place is a must! make sure you walk to the other side of the walkway so you are looking across the river at the stone house for the best photo opportunities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I great historic building, now a store with a wide range of items for sale. Worth a visit. The cafe is worth a visit too, basic food on offer but really good - definitely try the home made lemon honey ginger.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

It's worth while taking a tour and get the information of the stone cottage and Kemp House from this cheeky but very informative American who knows more about New Zealand history then Kiwis Learnt so much Thank you very much The sisters in law

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Hannibal, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Very interesting and well worth a visit. The couple in the store transported us back in time. Beautiful scenery also.

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