Kerikeri Mission Station

A picture perfect landscape in the Bay of Islands carries stories of labour, passion, gods and battles when Maori met missionaries and history changed forever.

Kerikeri Mission Station
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Established in 1819, the Kerikeri Mission Station is one of New Zealand’s first places where Māori invited visitors to live among them. Built under the protection of local Māori 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,  one of the many activities is touring with our experienced guides who will share stories of fierce warriors and drunken sailors, and the earnest missionaries who preached, taught and battled to spread the Christian message amongst Māori, a proud people with their own ancient traditions.

The Kerikeri Mission Station is the site of two of the country’s oldest surviving buildings - the Stone Store and Kemp House.
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Stone Store

The Stone Store was built in the 1832 from sandstone, local volcanic rocks and burnt shell mortar, and has been a trading post, library, barracks and boys’ school. The building has operated as a general store since the 1870s, and today offers an amazing range of authentic trade goods similar those first traded in the early 19th century, along with a quirky range of uniquely New Zealand merchandise.

Kemp House
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Kemp House

Kemp House is New Zealand’s oldest building, a substantial European home, built by Māori and missionary carpenters.  Despite bearing witness to many historically significant events, Kemp House has changed little over time.  Experience the rich history of this home, as our guides take you back through time and relive days gone by.

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Heritage gardens and orchards

Enjoy the award-winning riverside heritage gardens and orchards in the Kerikeri Mission Station surrounds. These gardens have been cultivated over the past 200 years making them New Zealand’s oldest gardens.

Māori culture

Stroll up the hill to Kororipo Pa.  Experience this ancient fortified hill settlement that  was once residence to the Mission’s Māori protector, Hongi Hika, and the stronghold and centre of Hongi’s powerful tribe.  Or visit nearby Rewa’s Village a replica Māori fishing village.

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  • Stone Store

    Open for business since 1836, New Zealand’s oldest store continues to trade, stocking everything from a needle to an anchor.   Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Goods selection at the Stone Store

    A selection of goods are available to purchase from the Stone Store. Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Kemp House

    Kemp House is New Zealand's oldest surviving wooden building.  Now fragile, it may be experienced by guided tours only.

  • Millie, a Kerikeri Mission guide

    Our experienced guides will bring to life of when Māori met missionary.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Home House cafe

    The Honey House Cafe and its riverside setting makes a for a great spot for a bite to eat.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Garden at Kerikeri Mission Station

    Explore New Zealand's oldest gardens which served as a vital source of food when the missionaries refused to trade food with Māori chief Hongi Heka.  Image: Heritage New Zealand

  • Customer browsing the Stone Store

    The Stone Store offers unique trade goods similar to the items that were first traded here in the early 19th century. Image: Heritage New Zealand

Address

  • 246 Kerikeri Road
  • Carparking on Landing Road
  • Kerikeri Basin
  • 0230

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Daily, November-April, closed Christmas Day & Anzac Day until 1pm
  • 10am - 5pm
  • Daily, May-October
  • 10am - 4pm
  • Honey House Cafe: Sunday-Wednesday (winter hours)
  • 9am - 3pm

Cost

Stone Store Shop: free Guided tours - includes entry to Kemp House & Stone Store Museum $10 adults, unaccompanied children (up to 18 years) $3.50, accompanied children free Entry to Kemp House is by guided tour only to help preserve New Zealand's oldest building. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events. Sorry, there is no wheelchair access to either the Stone Store or Kemp House.