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KerikeriNew Zealand

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.

Top hotels in Kerikeri

Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments
Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments
3 out of 5
17 Homestead Rd., Kerikeri
The price is NZ$216 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.

Situated in Kerikeri, this eco-friendly motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Fairy Pools, Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. The Parrot Place and Marsden Estate ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (173 reviews)

"Overall, very pleasant. I’d recommend staff pay more attention to cleanliness. But overall, nice place."…"

Reviewed on 17 Dec. 2020

Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments
Kerikeri Court Motel
Kerikeri Court Motel
4 out of 5
93 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$205 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

Located in the heart of Kerikeri, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fairy Pools, Kerikeri Mission House and Stone Store. The Parrot Place and Marsden Estate ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (84 reviews)

"Manager great and a great location in the middle of Keri Keri"…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2020

Kerikeri Court Motel
Kauri Park Motel
Kauri Park Motel
4 out of 5
512 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$193 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.

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! (286 reviews)

"Lovely property in a lovely private setting off the main road. Easy to find. Very friendly and helpful proprietor who let us check in earlier due to us going to an early wedding. Very accommodating"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

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.

Holiday Rentals in Kerikeri

Kerikeri Park Lodge
Kerikeri Park Lodge
3.5 out of 5
494b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
The price is NZ$175 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.

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! (168 reviews)

"Quiet place, and near to the city centre. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2021

Kerikeri Park Lodge
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$213 per night from 8 Feb. to 9 Feb.

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)

"Clean and tidy property. Very friendly host and staff."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Stay Kerikeri Boutique Apartments and Studios
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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