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Stone Store
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Stone Store featuring a house and interior views

In New Zealand’s oldest building is a museum where you can get a glimpse of times gone by and find a unique souvenir in the heritage shop.

The Stone Store, situated in the scenic Kerikeri Basin Reserve, provides a fascinating insight into early colonial times in New Zealand.

If you are feeling energetic, walk to the Stone Store from the Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri via the Kerikeri River Track, taking in the scenic Wharepuke Falls and Fairy Pools along the way. Upon arrival, admire the solid old building that stands proudly before you.

With construction beginning in 1832, the Georgian-style building served the Kerikeri Mission Station. The old warehouse became a general store in 1874 and was purchased by Heritage New Zealand in 1975.

Head inside the store to browse the displays and admire the store attendants’ elegant period costumes. Notice how the interior remains true to the origins of the building. Many of the items for sale reflect the early colonial period and others also have a retro theme or at least a typical New Zealand connection. Don’t miss the front room with fun gadgets and souvenirs, showing the sense of humor of the Kiwis.

Take a guided tour of the upstairs Stone Store Museum and adjacent Kemp House, the original mission house and the oldest-surviving building in the country. Learn about the missionaries, Māori warriors and sailors who worked together here, laying the foundations for modern-day New Zealand.

Visit the adjacent café for a coffee, cold drink or an ice cream. Alternatively, enjoy a picnic on the grass while taking in the views of the river inlet and historic sites.

The Stone Store is free to enter, but fees apply for the guided tour of the museum. The shop and museum is open daily year-round, except Christmas Day and Anzac Day. The café is open daily in summer, dropping down to 4 days per week afterwards and closing completely from July to October.

Getting to the Stone Store from Kerikeri by car or taxi is easy, with ample free parking available just across the river. This spot has proud Māori history and the display on the pedestrian bridge to the carpark tells you all about it.

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446 Cheap Hotels Near Stone Store

Colonial House Motel
Colonial House Motel
3.5 out of 5
178 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$150 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Kerikeri Mission House, Stone Store and Fairy Pools. The Parrot Place and Rainbow Falls are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)
"The kitchen was missing utensils, large knife and a oven dish/ tray Great pool and the staff were great"

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2021

Colonial House Motel
Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
4 out of 5
190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland
The price is NZ$150 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated near the airport, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. Fairy Pools and The Parrot Place are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (50 reviews)
"Delightful oasis, quiet and cosy cottage. We enjoyed walking around the subtropical gardens and discovering a host of fascinatingly plants and trees. Friendly and welcoming hosts."

Reviewed on 1 May 2021

Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
Stone Store Lodge
Stone Store Lodge
4.5 out of 5
201 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Free cancellation
The price is NZ$188 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in Kerikeri, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stone Store and Fairy Pools. Rainbow Falls and Haruru Falls are also within 16 mi ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"Had an awesome stay in this very clean and comfy unit. Bed was amazing and loved that we could sleep with an open outside door. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2021

Stone Store Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Verified traveller

20 Jan. 2020

Would highly recommend Rainbow Falls and the walk along the river to the Stone Store (about an hour walk and pretty!). The grounds, Stone Store and cafe are lovely, perfect for relaxing, eating ice cream or picnic under shady trees by the river. (When walking on path stay on path and don't wander up onto the road when you have the option at the foot cleaning gate to do so, you'll just get a hot, boring walk along the road! Also the walk from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to Haruru Falls walk (5km). Very pleasant, just be careful with little ones as no barriers on bridges.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Nov. 2019

The garden was beautiful at dusk. I wish I had more time.

5/5 - Excellent

Rozina

9 Mar. 2019

Just smile and be happy

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Colonial House Motel
Colonial House Motel
3.5 out of 5
178 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$150 per night from 14 May to 14 May
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Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
4 out of 5
190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland
The price is NZ$150 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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Stone Store Lodge
Stone Store Lodge
4.5 out of 5
201 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$188 per night from 16 May to 16 May
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Pagoda Lodge
Pagoda Lodge
2 out of 5
81 Pa Road, Kerikeri, BAY OF ISLANDS
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Retro River Retreat - Kerikeri Holiday Home
Retro River Retreat - Kerikeri Holiday Home
31 Kemp Road, Kerikeri, Northland
Retro River Retreat - Kerikeri Holiday Home
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
4 out of 5
136 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland
The price is NZ$213 per night from 14 May to 14 May
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The Carriage House, Bay of Islands
The Carriage House, Bay of Islands
175 KERIKERI INLET ROAD, Kerikeri, Northland
The Carriage House, Bay of Islands
The Inlet Hideaway - Kerikeri Holiday Home
The Inlet Hideaway - Kerikeri Holiday Home
239C Kerikeri Inlet Road, Kerikeri, Northland
The Inlet Hideaway - Kerikeri Holiday Home
The Carriage House
The Carriage House
3.5 out of 5
175 Kerikeri Inlet Road, Kerikeri, Northland
The Carriage House
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