Kerikeri

Kerikeri New Zealand

Kerikeri is the largest town in the Northland Region of NZ is a popular tourist destination.

The local Kerikeri slogan is "It's So Nice They Named It Twice". In the early 1980s, an anonymous backpacker wrote those words a visitors book in a youth hostel which was brought to the attention of the then editor of the local newspaper, the Kerikeri Chronicle, and it quickly became adopted as the official town slogan. Kerikeri is a former winner of the "New Zealand's Top Small Town" title bestowed annually by North and South magazine, and this has since been the main focus of most tourism marketing of the town.

Known as the 'fruit bowl of the north', Kerikeri has an abundance of fresh local produce, cafes, vineyards, galleries, gardens, arts and crafts. The Old Packhouse Market showcases what the region has to offer. Open every weekend, visitors can enjoy fresh local produce from Market growers, food stalls, an on-site cafe, as well as a range of arts and crafts made by local artists.

Kerikeri Accommodation

Visitors can choose from a range of accommodation options in this area. The Bay of Islands is popular destination for backpackers, as well as families and holidaymakers who can enjoy the region's sub-tropical climate almost year-round. Many accommodation properties are set in a fruit orchard or native bush, providing a peaceful sanctuary for you to enjoy during your stay.

Things to do in Kerkeri

Kerikeri has a rich and colourful history. The Stone Store is New Zealand's oldest building. Rewa's Village will take you back to a time before European settlement. And a visit to the Kerikeri Mission Station and Pete's Pioneers Transport Museum is not to be missed.

Food - Kerikeri is widely known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries, cafes and crafts. Foodies everywhere come to stock up on an abundance of fresh local foods at the Farmer's Market every Saturday & Sunday morning. Explore the Vineyard Trail and taste some great wines.

Arts & Crafts - The Crafts Market, just across the road from the Farmer's Market, is a great place to find those unique gifts made locally by a wide variety of artists and crafts persons.

Gardens & Walks - Kerikeri has two 'Gardens of National Significance': Palmco and Wharepuke Gardens - both places to enjoy a quiet walk and discover plants you may not have seen before. 

Rainbow Falls (Waianiwaniwa) is an impressive and easily-accessible 27m plunge waterfall located just a short drive from Kerikeri Town Centre. An easy 3 minute walk from the carpark takes you to the spectacular waterfall which tumbles into a swimming hole surrounded by native bush. Follow the 4km track towards the north bank of the River which passes through kiwi habitat and regenerating native trees such as stands of young kauri and totara. 

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