The Stone Store and Kemp House - Bay Of Islands

The Stone Store and Kemp House

In a picture-perfect setting, one of New Zealand’s premier historic sites preserves the stories of tumultuous times, when Māori met missionaries and life was changed forever.

About Kerikeri Mission Station

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

Established in 1819, the Kerikeri Mission Station is one of the first places in New Zealand 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.

Our experienced guides share stories of fierce warriors and drunken sailors and earnest missionaries who preached, taught and battled to spread the Christian message amongst Māori, a proud people with their own ancient traditions.

Heritage gardens and orchards

Cultivated over the past 200 years and New Zealand’s oldest European garden, the Mission’s award-winning heritage garden and orchards are a wonderful place for a picnic or walk, with a self-guided Garden Tour is also available.

Seasonal Hours

November-April – Open Daily (closed Christmas Day) – 10am – 5pm

May-October – Open Daily – 10am – 4pm

Honey House Cafe: Open seven days a week, all year round. November to April: 9am to 4pm. May to October 9am to 3pm.


Stone Store Shop: Free entry to ground floor.

Guided tours: Includes entry to Kemp House and Stone Store Museum. $15 adults, accompanied children (up to 18 years) are 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.

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Monday to Friday: 10am to 4pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Sunday: 10am to 4pm