Kerikeri Mission Station is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. If you are visiting us, you will need to wear a mask and follow our Covid-19 requirements. At this time, we do not require Vaccine Passes for entry to our visitor sites, cafes and shops, however this may be reviewed in line with our Covid-19 policy settings. You can check our website on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date information and please stay home if you’re unwell. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.
We are located 3.7km by car or 1.7km on foot northeast of Kerikeri township.
By public transport
Kerikeri Mission Station is not accessible via public transport.
We are approximately a 20-minute walk from central Kerikeri. From Kerikeri Road walk northeast, following the road. At the Heritage Bypass roundabout continue straight ahead on Kerikeri Road. You will see Kerikeri Mission Station on your left when you reach the wharf at Kerikeri Inlet.
Discover more walking routes to Kerikeri Mission Station by visiting Kerikeri Walks website.
Kerikeri Mission Station is a short 6-minute cycle from central Kerikeri. The mission station is located in a basin, meaning the hills surrounding us can be steep. Check Google Maps to see if this suits your cycling abilities. Please don’t cycle within the grounds.
From central Kerikeri drive northeast along Kerikeri Road, take the first exit at the Heritage Bypass roundabout. Follow the Twin Coast Highway until you reach a roundabout, take the second exit onto Waipapa Road. Follow Waipapa road until you reach a roundabout, take the second exit on Landing Road. Continue down the hill until you reach the Department of Conservation (DOC) car park on your right. Park here and proceed on foot, taking the path across the footbridge. Once over the footbridge turn left, where you will see the Honey House Café in front of you. Follow the shell paths, past Kemp House and head into the Stone Store to start your visit.
Visitors are welcome to arrive by private boat into Kerikeri Inlet and tie up at the wharf. You won’t be able to miss us from here.
There is no onsite parking available for Kerikeri Mission Station. However, there is nearby parking for Koriropo Heritage Park at the DOC carpark on Landing Road or Kerikeri Road (please note there is limited parking at Kerikeri Road). Bus or Campervan parking is also available at the DOC carpark on Landing Road. Visitors are welcome to drive up to the mission station to drop-off and pick-up visitors for easy access. There is one accessible park available for Koriropo Heritage Park located at the DOC Kerikeri Road (Please note this is close to the public accessible toilet, but slightly further to Kerikeri Mission Station. We would recommend dropping visitors with mobility issues off near the Stone Store prior to parking).
Hours and Entry
10.00am - 4.00pm
Daily Tour Times
10.30am, 11.30am, 2.15pm
Closed Christmas Day. Closed on Anzac Day (25 April) until 1.00pm.
Adult Guided Tour/Museum $15.00
Adult Garden Self-Guided $10.00
Under 18 years Free
* Surcharges may apply for special events
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Kerikeri Mission Station comprises the Stone Store, Kemp House and Honey House Café. It has shell paths throughout. This can make it difficult for wheelchairs and those with mobility issues to navigate the grounds. However, the Honey House Café is accessible and if your wheelchair has a suitable set-up, you can access the gardens. Please read on for full details.
The Stone Store is a three-storey building with steps up to the entry and two stairways inside. The floor is an uneven basalt rock floor. The second and third floors may not be suitable for people with mobility issues due to the steep angle of the stairs between floors. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the Stone Store. There is a drop-off point in front of the Stone Store for visitors with limited mobility.
Kemp House is a two-storey building with steps up to the entry. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to Kemp House. If you would like to attend the introduction to the guided tour of Kemp House, our visitor hosts can share the history of our site with you from under the shade of the historic tree in our grounds.
Honey House Café
The Honey House Café has wheelchair access through the main entrance. At times during bad weather this may be partially closed. Contact our staff to open it.
There are accessible toilets located in the Honey House Café that service the whole station. These can be accessed through the café. Alternatively, if you have a wheelchair that can navigate shell paths and uneven surfaces it can be accessed by following the path behind Kemp House. Another accessible toilet is available in the DOC Kerikeri Road carpark.
There are benches located in the garden for those who require outdoor seating navigating between buildings.
Food and Drink
Situated in the grounds of Kerikeri Mission Station, the Honey House Café offers a selection of freshly baked goods, lunch options such as, quiche, sandwiches and salads, as well as pies and sausage rolls. Produce from our heritage garden and orchard are used to produce our kai/food. A range of coffee, tea, cold drinks and ice creams are also available. Gluten free and vegan options are available.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Please note the Honey House Café is currenty running at reduced hours and is open Tuesday - Sunday, 9.00am - 3.00pm.
May – October | Tuesday - Sunday* | 9.00am – 3.00pm
November – April | Tuesday - Sunday* | 9.00am – 4.00pm
*Open Mondays for public holidays except Christmas Day.
How many European gardens in Aotearoa New Zealand can boast that they have been continuously cultivated for more than 200 years? Kerikeri Mission Station can! First cultivated by Ngāphui iwi (local Māori people) with crops of kūmara (sweet potato), potato, yam, taro and aruhe (fern), the garden has evolved over time, but the layers of history are revealed as you explore the grounds. Discover millstones from the 1820s, the site of the first grape vines planted in Aotearoa New Zealand, a 100-year-old Mulberry tree, and a well-kept gorse hedge, just some of the surprising elements to this garden. Visit the Stone Store to purchase a garden guide.
Children and whānau
Both inside and out, there are plenty of things for kids to do.
The Store has lots to see and do including interactive story telling in the museum.
Kemp House is a bit more fragile – it is Aotearoa New Zealand’s oldest Pākehā/European building after all – needs to be treated gently but still has lots to explore.
Outside, there is plenty of space to stretch little legs, orchards and gardens to roam, a brass rubbing trail, explore in nature and even make friends with some of the local ducks and geese. Pick up a brass rubbing activity pack from the Stone Store.
We have baby change facilities available.
Things to remember
We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.
Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.
We ask all visitors to please remove your shoes before entry to Kemp House so we can continue to maintain the 200-year-old building.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.
A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.