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Business Type: Oldest stone building


The Stone Store is of national and international significance as the oldest surviving commercial building in New Zealand, demonstrating the early stages of the country's connection with international trade.

Address: 246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Northland


It is the oldest remaining building linked with the import of goods from overseas, the storage of produce grown in New Zealand and the bartering of goods with Maori. It is associated with the Church Missionary Society as an  an integral part of the organisation's supply network and the Mission Station itself was the second founded by the CMS in this country.

The building is nationally significant as the earliest intact building in New Zealand to demonstrate colonial adaptation to the use of local stone.

The building contains artefacts and displays of its history, and true to its origins, still sells a range of heritage-related merchandise relecting its earlier days as a trading post and general store.

The Kerikeri Mission Station
The Kerikeri Mission Station is home to New Zealand oldest standing European buildings: the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission House (Kemp House).  The Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest stone building, was built in 1832-36.

Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built by an ex-convict stonemason from New South Wales, the Store was meant to house New Zealand mission supplies and large quantities of wheat from the mission farm at Te Waimate.

When the wheat failed the building was mainly leased as a kauri gum trading store. It then passed into Kemp family ownership, and from 1929 onwards was used mainly as a general store. Bought by the Trust in 1976, the building has undergone extensive conservation work.


Hours of work

Daily 10am - 5pm Nov - April
Daily 10am - 4pm May - Oct
Closed Christmas Day.
Tel: (09) 407 9236


Located only 5 minutes from Kerikeri, one of the many activities is touring with our experienced guides who will share stories of fierce warriors and drunken sailors, and the earnest missionaries who preached, taught and battled to spread the Christian message amongst Māori, a proud people with their own ancient traditions.

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