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Kerikeri
Travel Guide

Stone Store showing a house

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.

Kauri Park Motel
Kauri Park Motel
4 out of 5
512 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$172 per night from 1 May to 2 May
Located in the heart of Kerikeri, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Marsden Estate and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fairy Pools and Kerikeri Mission House. Stone ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (290 reviews)
"This property is very well looked after and close to the motorway north and south and 2 minutes from the centre of Kerikeri. The hosts are great friendly people and really care about you having a great experience at their motel . Highly recommended as the place to stay if you are looking for a very ..."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Kauri Park Motel
Avalon Resort
Avalon Resort
4 out of 5
340A Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
The price is NZ$114 per night from 3 May to 4 May
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! (217 reviews)
"Warm welcome ... recommendable ... you should definitely go for it"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2021

Avalon Resort
Colonial House Motel
Colonial House Motel
3.5 out of 5
178 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$151 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Kerikeri Mission House, Stone Store and Fairy Pools. The Parrot Place and Rainbow Falls are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)
"The kitchen was missing utensils, large knife and a oven dish/ tray Great pool and the staff were great"

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2021

Colonial House Motel
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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 NZ$184 per night from 1 May to 2 May
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! (182 reviews)
"Beautiful place ina great spot just 10 mins walk from Stone Store area. Bill is a wonderful host"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2021

Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
Kerikeri Park Lodge
Kerikeri Park Lodge
3.5 out of 5
494b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$170 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
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! (171 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

Kerikeri Park Lodge
Pagoda Lodge
Pagoda Lodge
2 out of 5
81 Pa Road, Kerikeri, BAY OF ISLANDS
Situated on the riverwalk, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. The Parrot Place and Fairy Pools are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
"Great Gypsy caravan! Lots of nature, serene and lovely."

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

Pagoda 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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1 Jun. 2020

Great shopping and cafes, lots of choice for a small town

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19 Mar. 2020

Beautiful place...everyone courteous and friendly.

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8 Mar. 2020

Unfortunately experiences of racial profiling in many of the shops we visited, which made us uncomfortable and we decided not to visit shops in the area unless absolutely necessary for groceries.

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5 Mar. 2020

Very neat tidy and friendly town.

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23 Feb. 2020

Very busy since last I was here

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2 Feb. 2020

A buzzy happy place to go for summer...

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