Historic Kerikeri

Stone Store and Kemp House

Kerikeri is often described as the Cradle of the Nation, being the location of the first permanent mission station in the country. At the head of the scenic Kerikeri River Basin are two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings, the Stone Store (New Zealand’s oldest stone building) and Kemp House (New Zealand’s oldest European building). Kemp House was a mission house in the early 1800’s and the Stone Store was the mission’s storehouse.

The Maori Chief of this area granted the land at the Kerikeri Basin to missionaries to establish a Church Mission Settlement, well before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

The Stone Store, Kemp House and nearby historic St James Church and cemetery are ‘must-sees’ when you visit Kerikeri.

Rewa's Village

Step back in time when you visit Rewa’s Village, a recreation of an 18th Century Maori fishing village (kainga). Built using all native materials, the village features a marae, a chief’s house (whare), weapons store, a raised food store (pataka), a fishing canoe, bird snare, hangi pit for cooking, genuine historic waka (canoes) and much more. You are guided around the village by informative displays on each building. There is an audio-visual display to immerse you in the history of the area and many fascinating artifacts to see.

Pete’s Pioneer and Transport Museum

View an excellent array of mint-condition classic and vintage vehicles and step back into yesteryear. Stroll down the mini ‘main street’ with its grocery store, replica of an early 1900’s house, school room and more. See the excellent Barry Crump collection, watch the audio-visual presentations and top it all off with a delicious bite to eat in the charming café.