The Stone Store (1836), Kerikeri
Image: Florian Bugiel | Creative Commons


The Kororipo-Kerikeri Basin is internationally of cultural and historical significance. The wider Kerikeri area offers a variety of great walking tracks and other recreation opportunities.

Place overview


  • Historic sites
  • Picnicking
  • Walking and tramping
  • Kauri dieback
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    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
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Parking, picnicking and barbequing are available in the Kerikeri River Scenic Reserve on the north side of the Basin, accessed via the Heritage Bypass, Waipapa and Landing Roads. Public toilets are there too.

Heritage sightseeing

The New Zealand Historic Places Trust operates the historic buildings which are open to visitors daily except on Christmas Day.

On the north side of the Basin visitors may also view the Discoverers’ Garden, where native plants and their traditional Maori uses are identified. The garden is cared for by the Society for the Preservation of the Kerikeri Stone Store Area, which also operates Rewa’s Village, offering a sample of a traditional Maori village.

You can also visit these historic sites in the area:

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    History and culture

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    Kerikeri Basin

    The Kororipo-Kerikeri Basin is culturally and historically one of the important places in New Zealand because it is where the country's two major cultures first met and lived, worked and traded together.

    It is internationally significant because unlike many other early meeting places between European and indigenous people - which have changed over time - Kerikeri remains much as it was in the first half of the 19th century. 

    The three places of importance are Kororipo, Ngapuhi chief Hongi Hika's strategic coastal pa site; the Mission (or Kemp) House (1822) the oldest building in New Zealand; and the Stone Store (1836), built by the Church Missionary Society which had been invited by Hongi Hika to establish a mission.

    Kororipo pa was the centre of the 1820s musket war campaigns, which changed the New Zealand landscape and populations. The pa was named Kororipo for the ‘swirling waters’ or whirlpool, which it, and the buildings, overlooks.

    Getting there

    Kerikeri is in the Bay of Islands, on Northland’s East Coast, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Paihia, and at the head of the navigable, cork-screw Kerikeri Inlet. 


    Pewhairangi / Bay of Islands Office
    Phone:   +64 9 407 0300
    Address:   34 Landing Road
    Kerikeri 0230
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