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The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station

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Address: 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri 0230, New Zealand
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+64 9-407 9236
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Fascinating and informative

You cant access the Kemp House without a guide and arent we glad of it. Our guide waqs informative and funny. we learnt a lot about the missionaries and their relationships with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You cant access the Kemp House without a guide and arent we glad of it. Our guide waqs informative and funny. we learnt a lot about the missionaries and their relationships with theMaori population. NOTE. UK National Trust members can get free access. Bring your membership cards.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The guide was great and made the history of the place come alive. Beautiful setting on the waterside. Cafe for lunch (frittata and salad) was also very good.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we arrived too late to tour Kemp House but enjoyed visiting the Stone Store, walking round the lovely grounds, down to the river & visiting the beautiful little church. We were fortunate enough to meet some of the local residents who were preparing for a service the next day & showed us round. Definitely worth a visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Go for the scenery even if you don't care about the history You can only access the mission house if you pay for a guided tour. We did that and the guide wasn't great. She didn't know a lot of things, forgot a lot of facts and was biased in her views.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had Kathryn give us a guide and she was excellent in her presentation and information. Worth waiting for the tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very well kept and tidy area for tourists and locals alike. Very serene and the area around the Stone Store & Kemp House well manicured.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place gets big write ups, but I can't see why. Quite a trek to get to, you drive miles out of town to get back to s car park which is on the opposite side of the stream to the building. Then when you get there it is just another souvenir shop!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to the Stone House and Kemp House. The area is beautiful both there and surrounding the houses. There were locals picnicking and children playing in the water. These are the oldest structures in the country and provide a glimpse into the past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most beautiful settings we've seen. The stone house is full of beautiful treasures, the garden magnificent and the café warm and inviting. Staff were wonderful. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my tour through both of these buildings. For $10 I thought it was great value. The Stone Store is open to all on its ground floor, which is essentially a souvenir shop selling old fashioned goodies that fit in with the feel of the old place. I paid my entrance fee and was admitted to the two upstairs... More 

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