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.

Kerikeri Park Lodge
Kerikeri Park Lodge
3.5 out of 5
494b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, 293
The price is NZ$175 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Kerikeri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (182 reviews)
"A lovely boutique lodge with a relaxing outlook"

Reviewed on 24 Apr. 2022

Kerikeri Park Lodge
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
4 out of 5
136 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland, 230
The price is NZ$207 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kerikeri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the convenient parking in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (197 reviews)
"Great welcoming hosts. Really nice feel and decor. Well equipped room for stay. Immediately felt at home. Thank you for a great stay"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Kauri Park Motel
Kauri Park Motel
4 out of 5
512 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, 0293
The price is NZ$183 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Kerikeri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (315 reviews)
"Great clean and tidy rooms, well equipped, awesome hosts, great location. Bonus complimentary wine or beer on arrival and soft drinks for the kids was a nice touch. Will stay again."

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Kauri Park Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
4 out of 5
190 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland, 0230
The price is NZ$160 per night from 9 Jul. to 10 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star cottage in Kerikeri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a restaurant. Our guests praise the restaurant and the quiet rooms in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (56 reviews)
"The garden is wonderful - some amazing plants and sculptures. Interesting and beautiful. In the cottage the facilities are mostly fine, but the settee isn't very comfortable, and is rather small even for small people like us. An additional armchair opposite the settee would be good, just for a choice ..."

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2022

Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
4 out of 5
136 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland, 230
The price is NZ$207 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kerikeri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the convenient parking in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (197 reviews)
"Great welcoming hosts. Really nice feel and decor. Well equipped room for stay. Immediately felt at home. Thank you for a great stay"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Kerikeri Park Lodge
Kerikeri Park Lodge
3.5 out of 5
494b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, 293
The price is NZ$175 per night from 1 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Kerikeri. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (182 reviews)
"A lovely boutique lodge with a relaxing outlook"

Reviewed on 24 Apr. 2022

Kerikeri Park Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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