Stone Store Tours

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As the oldest stone building in New Zealand, Stone Store at Kerikeri has seen its share of history. Since the mid-1990s, Stone Store has been a part of a small museum, along with the neighboring mission house.

Built between 1832 and 1836, the Stone Store replaced an earlier wooden structure and became the Church Missionary Society’s Trading Post. It sold local fruits and vegetables to passing ships and European goods to the Maori. 

By the mid-1830s, abundant European settlers and their private enterprises put the store out of business. Over the next 40 years, the building underwent near-constant change. It was converted to a mission library, taken over by Governor George Grey for use as a magazine, leased to become a Kauri gum trading operation, and, finally, served as a boys’ school house. In 1874, the building was sold to the Kemp family, who operated it as both a general store and quasi tourist attraction for nearly 100 years, until the New Zealand Historic Places Trust purchased the building back in 1975.

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The Stone Store, which now operates as a museum, is located at Kerikeri, in the Bay of Islands. It is 150 miles (244 km) north of Auckland.
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Address: Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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Kerikeri and Crafts Half-Day Tour from Bay of Islands

Take an afternoon day trip from Paihia to Kerikeri for a 3-hour tour of the historical settlement. A knowledgeable guide takes you to the Stone Store and Mission House, home to New Zealand’s first permanent mission station. Then visit an organic vineyard for a wine and coffee tasting, and enjoy further delights at a local chocolate factory. Upgrade to include a morning sightseeing cruise on the Bay of Islands.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Islands Highlights Tour with Glowworm Caves

Spend your Waitangi port day exploring the Bay of Islands best attractions on this jam-packed shore excursion. From natural wonders like Haruru Falls and the Kawiti Glowworm Caves to cultural gems including the historic Te Waimate Mission House and famous Hundertwasser Toilets, make the most of your time on New Zealand's North Island while traveling with a guide and small group.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

The Bay of Islands is one of the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island, and this private 6-hour tour from Paihia combines all its highlights with wine tasting in the Kerikeri wine region. Along the way, discover New Zealand’s colonial history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, marvel at natural wonders such as Haruru Falls and Wharepuke Falls, and immerse yourself in Maori culture at Rewa‘s Village.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

The Bay of Islands is one of the most visited destinations of New Zealand’s North Island, but it has the traffic to match. Escape the crowds on this private 6-hour tour and enjoy a personalized itinerary, taking in attractions such as Wharepuke Falls, Rewa’s Village, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and Rainbow Falls.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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