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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
+64 9-407 9236
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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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246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
+64 9-407 9236
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Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

This spot is nice for a wander, a picnic, relax on the water, swim, enjoy some local history and look around the Stone Store which has some quirky wares on offer.

Thank Tracy G
Reviewed December 27, 2016 via mobile

step back in time with nic nacs and implements from the past and modern treats for after swimming and for your house . cool.

Thank hartey122
Reviewed December 21, 2016

This old store is very well kept and has some very interesting items for sale. A picturesque place with good parking and toilet facilities and 2 cafes. Very restful gardens.

Thank WildgeeseNZ
Reviewed December 20, 2016

We joined a private tour of the stone museum and Kemp house. It was very informative and gave us an insight into the history of New Zealand. The surrounding gardens are beautiful and the river a great place to picnic, or swim.

Thank alison l
Reviewed December 19, 2016

come and visit this place and the surrounding area and learn some of our history here. Interesting to read and see this in the context of other happenings in the wider area. Recommend.

Thank Wayne M
Reviewed November 30, 2016

We walked from one side to the other, a real tranquil place to visit, don't forget to get your photo taken outside the store. Cross over to the other side and spot the unusual Roosters and hens.

Thank v0nney
Reviewed November 28, 2016

A short 5-10 minute drive from KeriKeri. Such a beautiful place to visit as the sunsets and rises. Walking across the bridge to get to the Stone Store & Kemp House the views are incredible! Great insight into the history of the area. Will be...More

Thank Amy P
Reviewed November 27, 2016

Great area to visit - you can walk to rainbow falls from here if you wish. two cafes to choose from. Awesome well kept grounds - a must see spot in Kerikeri

Thank vjm87
Reviewed November 21, 2016

The Stone Store is a well maintained original building. The bay is beautiful with walking paths to the original Maori Pa location, and across a walking bridge to a park with Maori village. Have a tea or a lunch in the Kemp House to finish...More

Thank karen d
Reviewed November 21, 2016

Nice little shop in a gorgeous setting just out of town. Unfortunately wheelchair access wasn't good so we didn't stay long. Worth a look.

Thank TukoPomojaAustralia
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