Frontier Heritage, Established
Mission House 1822
Stone Store 1836
Early Morning at the Mission Station
Experience the New Zealand frontier at the Kerikeri Mission Station, the country's oldest European settlement and true spearhead of colonisation. Here, the Kerikeri Mission House (1822), New Zealand's most extraordinary built survivor and oldest
building and its oldest trading post, the Stone Store (1836), stand cheek by jowl with Kororipo pa (ca 1775), coastal headquarters of Hongi
Hika, missionary patron, feared fighting chief, instigator of the tragic Musket Wars.
1830s Kitchen in the Mission House
At the mission station you can wander the old buildings, packed with relics and secrets of their own past. And shop the old frontier at the Stone Store.
At Kororipo pa you can ponder the mouldering earthworks, and the dilemma of a people caught between the need to adopt European technology, and the arrival of an aggressive foreign religion intent upon destroying both their faith in their ancestral spirits and their Polynesian way of life.
On the veranda of the Mission House
The Mission Station is in the Kerikeri Basin 1km north of Kerikeri township
Open every day year round except Christmas day
Opens at 10am and closes 5pm November through April and 4pm May through October