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“Historical & Picturesque”

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 March 27, 2013

Worth a visit to see New Zealand's oldest stone building. Also the Kemp House. There's a lovely cafe next to the Kemp House. The setting by the river is very pretty and peaceful. The geese, ducks and chickens appreciate any crumbs and a helping hand to reach the grapes on the grapevine!

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Anyone interested in the history of New Zealand, should not miss the Stone Mission house. It is the oldest stone building in New Zealand. Inside, there is a huge array of vintage items for sale. Not only is the building historic, but the area where it is situated is beautiful and relaxing, with the bird life in the lake out in front of the building. Just beautiful.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Peaceful, beautiful area, great for a picnic and for families. Easy to spend the whole day there... They have a great cafe too.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Arrived too late in the day to go inside - the drive to KeriKeri is pretty enough although the little town is very quiet. I wouldnt go out of my way just to visit KeriKeri again but it is a nice enough destination on a roadtrip.

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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Worth a visit to see a well restored building. Interesting items to buy in store with helpful staff.

Thank Bernard R
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