Kerikeri township is full of history, character and flavour.
Kerikeri
Kerikeri basin, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Destination Northland

New Zealand's oldest stone building, Kerikeri's Stone Store is a fascinating place to visit.
Kerikeri
The Stone Store, Northland & Bay of Islands

By ljw

Kerikeri

In Kerikeri you can dip into New Zealand history, browse art galleries and enjoy fresh local produce. This town is full of character, charm and flavour.

The Northland town of Kerikeri has a long, colourful history. The area was home ground for the fearsome Maori chief Hongi Hika, who terrorised many tribes throughout the North Island in the early 1800s. Yet he was kind to missionaries, allowing Samuel Marsden to establish New Zealand's second mission station here.

The Kerikeri Mission Station, also known as Kemp House, is New Zealand’s oldest standing European building. Built to house the Reverend John Butler in 1821, this elegant wooden home has the protection of the Historic Places Trust. Nearby is the Stone Store, which dates back to 1832 and is New Zealand's oldest stone building. Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built by an ex-convict stonemason from New South Wales, the store was meant to house large quantities of wheat from the mission farm at Te Waimate. When the wheat failed, the building was used as a kauri gum trading store.

The terraced pa site, Kororipo, sits above the Kerikeri basin. It was once a stockaded fortress, but not in European times. When the missionaries lived here in the early 1820s, it was the site of an unfortified village where some of Hongi Hika’s people lived. Today the pa site is protected by the Department of Conservation.

The road leading into Kerikeri is bordered by orchards. Roadside stalls offer the chance to buy seasonal fruit - the surrounding area is famouss for producing delicious citrus fruit. Look also for signs showing the way to artists’ studios; resident potters and painters have given this district a creative personality.

The town itself is full of galleries, cafés and gourmet food shops. For nature lovers, the 10 minute walk to Rainbow Falls offers the chance for a picnic amid native bush and birdsong. There are plenty of good places to stay- so feel free to linger a while.

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Aroha Island - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.50 67 Reviews
Kerikeri
094075243
Aroha Island offers bush cottage, lodge accommodation and a sheltered beachside campground in a 12 ha nature and bird sanctuary. The Island is connected to the mainland by a causeway and is only 12km north-east of Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. North Island Brown Kiwi use Aroha Island ... (more)
ASURE Kauri Park Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.10 355 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800407762
Set in lush subtropical gardens, Kauri Park offers an outdoor pool with jacuzzi and a well equipped gym. It features an airport shuttle service, free Wi-Fi and free private parking. The modern guest rooms of the hotel include a private deck area with outdoor furniture and a kitchenette ... (more)
Avalon Resort - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.50 211 Reviews
Kerikeri
094071201
Avalon, in a tranquil garden setting, offers self-catering cottages with free Wi-Fi and balconies overlooking the valley and the Puketotora River. It features a chemical-free outdoor swimming pool and spa facilities.All of the cottages at Avalon Resort have a kitchen with a dishwasher, mic... (more)
Bay of Islands Country Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.20 6 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800426868
Whether you are visiting the Bay of Islands from out of town, an athlete perhaps participating in the Kerikeri Half Marathon or an overseas guest our recently refurbished rooms our lovely new swimming pool and our extensive grounds might be just what you are looking for as your next get aw... (more)
Colonial House Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.20 156 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800242555
Just 10 minutes' walk from the Kerikeri River, the peaceful Colonial House Motel boasts a saltwater pool and a hot tub surrounded by subtropical gardens. It offers self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a private patio. Guests receive a glass of wine and freshly baked cookies upo... (more)
KERICENTRAL - Backpackers & Working Hostel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.40 42 Reviews
Kerikeri CBD, Kerikeri
094073542
2011 TRAVELBUG AWARDS~Best Reviews & Platinum Property....Located in the Beautiful Bay of Islands,Ideal for visitors looking for a Central location whilst exploring the region.Kerikeri is an ideal staging post for taking Tours to Cape Reianga. Prices can start from as little as $50.00 for ... (more)
Kerigold Secluded Chalets Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.60 23 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800537446
Kerigold Secluded Chalets Motel is Qualmark 4-star rated Motel accommodation in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. Motel accommodation on offer is 10 private, secluded self-contained chalets including 1 with access facilities. All chalets come with kitchen facilities, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge... (more)
Kerikeri Court Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
8.90 99 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800537453
Featuring an outdoor pool, Kerikeri Court Motel is only moments from cafés, bars and shops. It offers self-catering apartments with private patios. One hour of free Wi-Fi access is also included.All units are equipped with basic cooking facilities, including microwaves and kitchen utensils... (more)
Kerikeri Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
6.50 23 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800272642
Opposite BP Service Station, 500m south of Kerikeri shopping centre, peaceful riverside setting. 100 tent and 32 powered sites, 24 standard cabins and 9 Park Motel Studios sleep up to 4; 1brm Park Motel sleeps up to 6. Cabins fully equipped. Large communal kitchen, toilet/shower facilities... (more)
Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
8.80 256 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800222407
Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments is the only fully serviced apartment complex right in the centre of Kerikeri township. Situated on three acres of tranquil park like grounds, this boutique Four-Star-Plus motel is just a moment's walk from fantastic cafes, restaurants and bars and an i... (more)
Kerikeri Park Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.30 162 Reviews
RD3 Kerikeri 0293, Kerikeri
0800800500
Located in a quiet area within the Bay of Islands, the colonial-style Kerikeri Park Motel is set on 3.5 acres of lovely park and gardens. Guests enjoy free parking and a barbecue area. All accommodation features free Wi-Fi and cooking facilities.Kerikeri Park Motel offers spacious, self-co... (more)
Moon Gate Villa - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.40 168 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800003550
Sleep in the curl of Cupid's bow! #1 Speciality accommodation in the Bay of Islands on Tripadvisor.Moon Gate villa offers luxurious, boutique accommodation in the Bay of Islands. Set within secluded gardens with waterfalls and reflective pools, yet located only two minutes from Kerikeri Vi... (more)
Orchard Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
8.40 127 Reviews
Kerikeri
0508808869
Located next to a citrus orchard where guests can pick their own fruit, Orchard Motel features an outdoor pool and a children’s playground. It offers accommodation with a kitchenette and free Wi-Fi.These modern studios and apartments feature air conditioning, heating and electric blankets.... (more)
Pagoda Lodge - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.00 48 Reviews
Kerikeri
094078617
Located next to the Hongi Hika Recreation Reserve, Pagoda Lodge offers self-contained accommodation with garden, park or river views. It features free parking and a large barbecue area and terrace overlooking the river.Pagoda Lodge Kerikeri is 3 minutes’ drive from Kerikeri town centre and... (more)
Pagoda Lodge - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
Kerikeri
094078617
Historic riverfront lodge, luxury camping, (nostalgic gypsy caravans & safari tents) and secluded cottages. Mature trees, gentle river, creative gardens, and plentiful bird-life surround the historic, tastefully furnished lodge. Opposite is a famouss heritage site & great walks. Swim & kay... (more)
Puketotara Lodge - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.70 85 Reviews
Kerikeri
094077780
Just 5 minutes’ drive from Kerikeri town centre, Puketotara Lodge offers B&B accommodation with countryside views from every room. Free car parking and free Wi-Fi access are provided.Set amongst 30 acres of native landscape and lush rural pastures, Puketotara Bay of Islands Lodge is surrou... (more)
Relax a Lodge - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.50 47 Reviews
Kerikeri
094076989
Featuring an outdoor pool, a sunny terrace and free airport transfers, Relax a Lodge is just 5 minutes’ drive from Kerikeri Airport. Set on 15 acres of orange and tangelo orchards, it offers heated rooms with free Wi-Fi.Kerikeri Relax a Lodge is 10 minutes’ drive from Hongi Hika Recreation... (more)
Stay Kerikeri Apartments & Studios - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
8.90 86 Reviews
Kerikeri
094079203
The ambience at STAY KERIKERI reflects modern day ‘cool’ and funky ‘lux’ feel with up to the minute interiors.  Our Imaginative and art filled apartments have a light and breezy feel with a welcoming and sophisticated atmosphere,  – just great for relaxing in your own s... (more)
Stone Store Lodge - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.60 165 Reviews
Kerikeri
094076693
Just 4 minutes’ walk from the Kerikeri River, Stone Store Lodge offers suites with a private patio overlooking the river and gardens. Guests receive free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.Located in the heart of Kerikeri, Stone Store Lodge Kerikeri is 10 minutes’ drive from Kerikeri Airport, and 5 ... (more)
The Georgian Lodge - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.20 22 Reviews
Kerikeri
094016220
Wagon Train RV Park - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
7.00 2 Reviews
Kerikeri
094077889
Wagon Train RV Park is a Qualmark rated 4 star Holiday Park set in a private tropical setting. A central location on Highway 10, Kerikeri, to all Northland's adventures and tours. Our booking office will arrange pick up from the park. The park's accommodation comprises of: - RV Mot... (more)
Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.50 80 Reviews
Kerikeri
094078965
Surrounded by 2 hectares of award-winning subtropical gardens, Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation features a restaurant and an art gallery. It offers self-contained cottages with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony with garden views.Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation Kerikeri is 7 minutes’ ... (more)
Wharepuke Subtropical Accommodation-Kerikeri - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
8.20 5 Reviews
Kerikeri
094078933
Accommodation at Wharepuke has five one bedroom self-catering eco cottages with a private deck overlooking a lush subtropical garden which was awarded "Garden of Significance" NZGT. The accommodation is on five acres for you to explore. You’ll find rare and unusual plants. We have internet... (more)
Woodlands Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
8.60 162 Reviews
Kerikeri
0800407394
Woodlands Motel, located in the heart of Kerikeri, offers simple, affordable accommodations surrounded by forest. The apartments and studios are modern and contemporarily furnished and some offer cooking facilities.The motel’s accommodations surround a wooden deck area with an outdoor pool... (more)
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