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“Interesting shop / museum”

The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 15, 2013

Very nice surroundings, interesting reconstituted Maori village. The shop/museum shows you how the first settlers lived.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Its an amazing place and you just need to be careful of the floor - uneven in places but you would expect that with the age of the building and the fact it is built out of stones and cement!

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The Stone Store is free to visit but if you wish to view the exhibition upstairs (please remember to take your shoes off - shoe bags are provided so you can carry them with you) you must pay an entry fee. Consider buying the Historic Places Trust Mission Passport, especially if you wish to also take the tour of the Kemp Mission House or any other mission properties in Northland. The passport costs $20 per adult and gives entry to all Northland mission properties.

The guided tour of the Kemp House is really interesting. The guide was knowledgeable and able to answer all questions. The tour isn't rushed and we had plenty of time to wander around the house at our own pace. The mission house is unusual in that the same family owned it since new and left their furniture, books and other possessions with it when they gave it to the National Trust. It's a history buff's delight.

Neither the mission house nor the stone store are wheelchair accessible.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We went to the Stone Store on New Year's Day and we decided to do the tour.... Our guide was not only incredibly knowledgeable, she had the most amazing people skills and we all loved learning all the amazing facts about the missionary house... Well worth the entry fee....

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

The staff were superb, and we'd really recommend paying for the guided tour of Kemp house so you can have a good look around and see how much everything has changed in 200 years!

Thank KKG007
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