Kerikeri Mission Station (Public)
Enjoy the beautiful surrounds featuring an array of heritage roses, a riverbank orchard, and English ‘cottage garden’ flowerbeds that encircle New Zealand’s oldest buildings, Kemp House and the Stone Store.
Cultivated for nearly 200 years, layers of history are revealed as you explore New Zealand’s oldest European gardens. Discover millstones from the 1820s, a 100 year old Mulberry tree, and a well-kept gorse hedge, just some of the surprising elements to this site. Maori gardens were lying fallow when missionaries arrived in 1819 to form a new mission settlement at Kerikeri. Overseen by Ngapuhi chief Hongi Hika, from his Pa Kororipo, the fledgling settlement came to rely heavily on the gardens as a vital source of food when the missionaries refused to trade in guns with Hongi. Today gardener Chelsea Neustroski comes with a wealth of knowledge and is the former Head Gardener of Markham House, Badminton Estate in England. Chelsea and her team of volunteers do well to showcase this nationally significant heritage garden.
Opening Hours and Tariffs
10am - 4pm May-Oct
10am - 5pm Nov-April
Closed Christmas Day
Contact Details and Location
Physical Address: 246 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri
Phone: 09 407 9236
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