Kerikeri

Travel Guide
Kerikeri

Travel to this lively town in the sunny Bay of Islands region to discover the historic charm and subtropical flavors of this early Māori-British trading post.

As the largest town in Northland, Kerikeri is considered to be the heart of the Bay of Islands region, along with nearby Paihia on the coast. Base yourself here to enjoy the fresh produce, subtropical gardens and artistic shops and galleries and explore Māori and early colonial history in the Basin.

To get a feel for the town, browse the boutique shops along Main Street and enjoy a coffee or meal in one of the many cafés. See Te Whiringa o Manoko, a sculpture of stacked stones in the Kerikeri Domain and visit the Kaan Zamaan Gallery for artistic inspiration.

Follow the snaking Kerikeri River to the Kerikeri Inlet to the east and explore the picture-perfect Kerikeri Basin. It is centered on the Kerikeri Mission Station, where you can visit two of New Zealand’s oldest colonial buildings. First see the old Kemp House, built around 1820, then buy hand-crafted gifts in the Stone Store. The store’s period decor and costumed staff take you right back to the early trading days when kauri gum was sold here.

From the bridge, spot the whirlpools where fearless Māori warriors used to swirl their hand-carved wakas around in before paddling out to war. Their canoes could be seen from Kororipo Pā, a former Māori stronghold.

Across the river is Rewa’s Village. Discover the Māori way of life in this replica fishing village with Discoverers' Garden. Follow the nearby sculpture trail within the Wharepuke Subtropical Gardens or take the kids to the lush realms and fun birds of the Parrot Place.

Back at the bridge, follow the Kerikeri River Track through the rainforest until you reach a fresh-water pool below low waterfalls. Dip in on a hot day to cool off before hiking to the 88-feet (27-meter) Rainbow Falls.

Kerikeri is the citrus capital of New Zealand, so be sure to sample the fresh produce. Follow the Vineyard Trail west of town for wine tastings and sample hand-made chocolates at Makana Confections. Drop in at Pete’s Pioneers Transport Museum to browse his collection of vintage vehicles.

Kerikeri is only about a 3.5-hour drive north of Auckland, but with its subtropical setting and historic charm, you feel as if you are a world away from New Zealand’s biggest city.

Avalon Resort
Avalon Resort
4 out of 5
340A Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
The price is £67 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in the heart of Kerikeri, this golf motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fairy Pools, Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. Marsden Estate and The Parrot ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (227 reviews)
"Nice peaceful place to stay we really enjoyed it had everything we needed. A few things I would suggest are in need of upgrading such as the curtains but other than that I would highly recommend this place."

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2021

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Kauri Park Motel
Kauri Park Motel
4 out of 5
512 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is £88 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
Located in the heart of Kerikeri, this eco-friendly motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Marsden Estate and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fairy Pools and Kerikeri Mission ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (303 reviews)
"We liked the friendly people and their helpfulness when we arrived - couldn't have asked for better service"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Kauri Park Motel
Relax a Lodge
Relax a Lodge
3.5 out of 5
1574 Springbank Road, Kerikeri
Situated in Kerikeri, this country house is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Marsden Estate and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. Rainbow ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
"We didn't expect it has only shared bathrooms and kitchen, but that was okay."

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2021

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Kerikeri Park Lodge
Kerikeri Park Lodge
3.5 out of 5
494b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is £87 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in the heart of Kerikeri, this golf aparthotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Kerikeri Mission House and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Stone Store.
4.8/5Exceptional! (176 reviews)
"We have being using Kerikeri Lodge for years that is why we always book when we are in the area."

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2021

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Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
4 out of 5
136 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland
The price is £94 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
Located in the heart of Kerikeri, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fairy Pools, Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. The Parrot Place and Rainbow ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (188 reviews)
"Cannot fault our stay. Tastefully decorated, bright, clean studio with the use of a heat pump if required and parking conveniently right outside the front door. Milk in the fridge and freshly ground coffee for the coffee plunger. Comfortable bed and big fluffy pillows. Wish we could have stayed another ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2021

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Kerigold Secluded Chalets
Kerigold Secluded Chalets
3 out of 5
326 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri, Northland
The price is £104 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Situated in Kerikeri, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fairy Pools, Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. Marsden Estate and The Parrot Place ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Private and quiet and off the roadside. I liked the fly screens on all the windows means I could keep the windows open on a very warm night."

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2021

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