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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Kerikeri. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

In the 1820s the Kerikeri mission station was under the protection of Hongi Hika and the Ngāpuhi tribe. Hongi had encouraged the establishment of the mission – largely because he wanted access to muskets, which gave Ngāpuhi a great military advantage over other tribes. Today the 1822 mission house is New Zealand’s oldest building.


The musket wars,


Hongi Hika,

Samuel Marsden,

First years of the CMS mission,

Kerikeri Mission House,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number T906).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Missionaries and Muskets - Roadside Stories