Kerikeri

Kerikeri Travel Blog

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Next up along my drive up to Cape Reinga was the small town of Kerikeri, where you can visit New Zealand’s oldest stone building, the Stone House (1835) next to the oldest wooden house, the Mission House (1822).  These are part of the Kerikeri Mission Station, a Church Missionary Society settlement, set up as a trading post and granary to house the wheat harvest from the mission station farm at Te Waimate.  The Stone store has been turned into a museum and for me it was worth a visit, because it has on display information and stories of the early settlers; it also includes a big collection of letters sent home by all those who lived in the house, and as I am a real nosey type I enjoyed a good half hour reading up on someone else’s business.  I found the Mission House to be slightly less interesting; it is a home and it was occupied if I remember correctly up to the 1960s, with all the original furniture and features.  There’s an old piano in the living room which reminded me of mine, I wondered if my tenants were looking after it.

 

I carried on north along the coast and made one quick stop in the small town of Mangonui, to check out a garage sale advertised on the road.  I was looking for a fishing rod, gas cooker, pots and pans, kitchen utensils and anything else cheap and useful.  There was nothing there that caught my interest, but I did have a nice chat with the residents, these kiwis are really friendly people!

Selina4 says:
There's a good NZ film called My Second Hand Wedding about a lady who wants to furnish her daughters wedding by doing a tiki tour of local garage sales. The daughter is not so keen.
Posted on: Jan 12, 2009
Selina4 says:
Glad to see you've wrote more entries on our little corner of the world! Garage sales are great, very kiwi.
Posted on: Jan 12, 2009
hummingbird50 says:
Sounds great...I love reading about the history...so old letters would be cool:)
Posted on: Jan 05, 2009
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Collection of letters
Stone Store Museum
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MH bedroom
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J. Kemp chest
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MH master bedroom
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MH kids room, I guess...
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