New Zealand’s second oldest building, Te Waimate Mission, preserves missionary, farming and architectural history, as well as stories of important early encounters between Maori and Europeans.
The once-extensive mission station was established by the London-based Church Missionary Society to instruct Maori in European farming techniques while promoting the Christian way of life. As well as preserving stories of great endeavour, conflict and perseverance, it is a notable early attempt to recreate an English pastoral landscape. It is reached from Kerikeri via one of New Zealand’s first roads.
Top of Waimate North Road Kaikohe