Kemp House - Heritage New Zealand. Built by Maori sawyers and missionary carpenters from the London-based Church Missionary Society in 1820-21, Kemp House in Kerikeri predates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by almost 20 years. Enjoy a tour of New Zealand's oldest building including a large range of furniture and personal items owned by the missionary families who lived here - including James and Charlotte Kemp.

Kemp House - Heritage New Zealand

Historic - Kerikeri

Built by Maori sawyers and missionary carpenters from the London-based Church Missionary Society in 1820-21, Kemp House in Kerikeri predates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi by almost 20 years. Enjoy a tour of New Zealand's oldest building including a large range of furniture and personal items owned by the missionary families who lived here - including James and Charlotte Kemp.

Nestled in the shadow of Hongi Hika's Kororipo Pa, Kemp House is the sole survivor of the Musket Wars of the 1820s - and a place of fascinating stories brought to life by our knowledgeable Historic Places Trust Guides.

History

Built for the Reverend John Butler, the two-storey structure is of simple Georgian design, with a hipped roof and symmetrical fa├žade. The garden, first dug in 1820 and cultivated ever since, recalls the mission period.

Used by other missionaries after Butler left in 1823, the house was occupied by CMS storekeeper and blacksmith James Kemp and his wife Charlotte when the adjacent Stone Store - now the oldest stone building in New Zealand - was built from 1832.

The Kemps continued to live in the house after the mission station folded in 1848, operating a kauri gum business from the Stone Store. The dwelling and gardens passed down through the family until it was gifted to Heritage New Zealand in 1974.

The building is significant for its association with buried archaeological deposits and a broader historic landscape that includes nearby buildings, Kororipo pa and natural features. It enjoys high public esteem as a cradle of nationhood, due to its association with early contact between Maori and missionaries.

Opening Hours and Location

246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands

Daily 10am - 5pm Nov - April

10am - 4pm May - Oct

Closed Christmas Day.

tel: (09) 407 9236
fax: (09) 407 9246

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