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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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- 246 Kerikeri Road
- Carparking on Landing Road
- Kerikeri Basin
- 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
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.