Kerikeri township is full of history, character and flavour.
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.
The Stone Store, Northland & Bay of Islands

By ljw


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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88 Lodge Bed and Breakfast - Accommodation in Bay Of Islands New Zealand
9.70 133 Reviews
Kerikeri, Bay Of Islands
88 Lodge Bed & Breakfast is located in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. It is set in a traditional villa in 1.5 acres of striking sub-tropical gardens and park-like lawns with access to a swimming pool. Guests can choose from 2 suites or 2 rooms - The Queen Palm Suite, The King Palm Room... (more)
Abilene Garden Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
8.90 86 Reviews
Located in Kerikeri, Abilene Motel is only 200 metres from the town centre. Guests have access to free Wi-Fi internet and free private parking, including for boat trailers. The rooms at Abilene are large, fully self-contained and are serviced daily by housekeeping. Facilities include fl... (more)
Aroha Island - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.50 67 Reviews
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
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
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
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)
Bed of Roses - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.40 108 Reviews
Featuring free Wi-Fi and included breakfast, Bed of Roses is just 2 minutes’ drive from the centre of Kerikeri. Guests enjoy a comfortable guest lounge, BBQ facilities and accommodation with a flat-screen TV.Overlooking the historic Kerikeri River basin, Bed of Roses B&B is 800 metres from... (more)
Colonial House Motel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.20 156 Reviews
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)
Heron Hill - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
10.00 11 Reviews
KERICENTRAL - Backpackers & Working Hostel - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.40 42 Reviews
Kerikeri CBD, Kerikeri
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
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
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
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 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
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)
KERIWIN HOUSE - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.20 9 Reviews
State Highway 10, Kerikeri
Up to 2 queen rooms with private bathroom available. 1 double room with shared bathroom, would suit friends coming to stay. Situated in 16 acres of private, park like grounds and some of the best and beautiful native bush in New Zealand. Meander down through the bush and enjoy the many and... (more)
Landing Cottage Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.60 119 Reviews
Landing Cottage is situated in an acre of beautiful gardens, with free Wi-Fi and free airport pick-ups from Kerikeri Airport. Continental breakfast is included, with cooked options available from the menu.Facilities at Landing Cottage Bed & Breakfast include a guest lounge area with tea/co... (more)
Moon Gate Villa - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.40 168 Reviews
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Stone Store Lodge - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.60 165 Reviews
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)
Swallows Ridge - Accommodation in Kerikeri New Zealand
9.60 189 Reviews
Set on 21 acres of farmland, Swallows Ridge features a solar-heated pool and a sunny terrace with bay views. Located in the Bay of Islands, it offers rooms with free breakfast, free airport transfers and free Wi-Fi.A private patio with garden or sea views is standard in all suites. Each su... (more)
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    Fri 31 Aug 2018 7:30PM / Variety Concerts
    Rising New Zealand classical soprano, Sophie Sparrow, grew up in Whangarei, Northland. Performing throughout Northland and the country, Sophie is now pursuing her opera training at an international level. She will be ... more
  • The Pioneer Bar & Restaurant, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands
    Fri 24 Aug 2018 8:30PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Introducing The Rod Stewart Tribute show featuring International performer John Crane as Rod Stewart Featuring John Crane who can be best described as a "Jack the Lad" given the fun side of his personality and his ... more
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    Sun 2 Sep 2018 10:00AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Door sales available. Tastes of the North was such a hit last year, we are bringing the festival back for a second year on Sunday 2nd of September 2018. This year there’s going to be even more stalls showcasing ... more
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