The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822, Kerikeri

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
New Zealand's oldest surviving stone building, The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822 replaced an earlier wood structure in the 1830s. Constructed by mason William Parrott and a team of Maori workers, the building served as a trading post of a missionary community. The store sold farm produce to passing ships, and European goods to the local Maori population. Today, the well-preserved building offers local souvenirs and serves as the starting point for tours of the nearby mission house, another structure dating from the first half of the 19th century. Just uphill from here you can join a signposted historical walk leading to a wooden Anglican church, a photogenic building erected in 1878. Plan your visit to The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station 1822 and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Kerikeri vacation builder.
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  • The stone store museum and Kemp house are incredibly well designed exhibition taking you through the early NZ history. We loved all the interactive displays and insights from our tour guide.  more »
  • A great place to view a slice of original NZ. Wonderful setting, picturesque and peaceful. Plenty on offer to engage the curious.  more »
  • The Stone House has plenty of interesting items to purchase, generally related to the past and the operators are very willing to share their knowledge of its history. The river opposite is picturesque...  more »
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  • . (03/2017) Oldest stone building in New Zealand. Interesting history and maintaining a vintage look. Store is very well preserved and filled with retro stuff. Helpful staff who are dressed in period attire. Overall setup encompasses a church, garden, port, harbour, an old tree and a house An unforgettable experience.
  • Absolutely gorgeous place. Pretty flower & fruit garden, small stream with ducks and geese
  • Friendly helpful staff in a rustic authentic environment.
  • Beautiful setting a full tour of both is a must
  • It's old