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Kerikeri [1] is a popular tourist destination in the famous Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand.

Often described as the Cradle Of The Nation, it is the site of the first permanent mission station in the country, and has some of the most historic buildings extant in New Zealand today.

Located in the Winterless North, Kerikeri is a rapidly-expanding centre of sub-tropical and allied horticulture, and retirement homes. It lies at the very western extremity of the Kerikeri Inlet, where fresh water of the Kerikeri River tumbles into the salty Pacific Ocean.

For a time, Kerikeri had the town slogan It's So Nice They Named It Twice which was written in the Visitors' Book at the Kerikeri Youth Hostel by an anonymous backpacker in the early 1980s. With lush vegetation, modern appearance and a progressive community, Kerikeri was judged Top Small Town of New Zealand in 2001.

Get in

By air

Regular daily flights from Auckland by Air New Zealand's subsidiary, Eagle Air. The airport is a few kilometres west of the town, located at 35°26'28" South, 173°91'2" East

By car

Kerikeri is a pleasant three-hour drive north of Auckland, via State Highway 1 and the last 12km on State Highway 10.

By bus

The Northliner Express [2] and nakedbus [3] coach travels daily between Auckland and Kerikeri via Whangarei and Paihia.

Get around

Kerikeri is an ideal central base for day trips to tourist areas such as Waitangi, Paihia or Russell or a visit to see the mighty kauri trees in the Puketi Forest. Tourist buses call in daily to Kerikeri to uplift day-trippers for the guided tours to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga. Paihia offers several boating opportunities, including the popular four-hour cruise which takes people up close to the dolphins.




Located next to the Fishbone cafe opposite ASB on Kerikeri's mainstreet. Cocoon where you can begin your own metamorphosis of style. This womens frock shop stocks both locally made and imported womenswear. Cocoon has a price range suitable for every traveller and sizes for all. A classy new improvement to Kerikeri main street, a destination shop that some people travel distance to Kerikeri for a shopping trip to Cocoon.


A wide variety of food styles are available at Kerikeri, including at the Kerikeri RSA, Dun Huang Chinese Restaurant, Rock Salt Bar and Subway (all in Cobham Road); Redwoods Restaurant and Orange Centre Cafe (all State Highway 10); Marsden Vineyard Restaurant (near airport): Calypso Takeaways, Adam and Eve Cafe, Cafe Blue, Fishbone Cafe, Black Olive Pizzas, Curry King Restaurant, Santeez Cafe and Bar, Zest Cafe and McDonalds (all Kerikeri Road); Cathay Cinema Restaurant (Cobham Road); Cafe Cilantro (Village Mall); Cafe Jerusalem (Cobblestone Mall); Homestead Restaurant and Posh Nosh Cafe (both Homestead Road) and Makai Restaurant (Landing Road). Neon Cafe is superb too! (opposite Woolworths

For a variety of superb taste sensations, visitors can gorge themselves at the Makana chocolate factory (Kerikeri Road), or the Mahoe cheese factory (Oramahoe). The Farmers Market -- from gate to plate-- is held in the town each Sunday morning where stalls offer a wide variety of fresh produce, baking etc, some at bargain prices.


Visitors can relax for a drink with their friends at the Kerikeri RSA, Citrus Bar or Homestead Hotel, or at the cafes and restaurants which have bars or are BYOs. The Cottle Hill Winery (Cottle Hill Drive) and Marsden Winery (near airport) offer local wines that are earning a fine reputation for themselves with travellers and locals alike.


Countless thousands of backpackers visit Kerikeri every year. Kerikeri has a surprisingly large static population of backpackers, and no wonder, because the facilities for them are first class without a corresponding tariff. The major camper/backpacker destinations in Kerikeri are Aranga Holiday Park, Gibby’s Place and the Youth Hostel (all right in town), Hone Heke Lodge (near the schools), Hideaway Lodge (near airport) and Pagoda Lodge in Pa Road.

A very wide range of accommodation is available, including Heron Hill Hospitality, Aratika Lodge, Darcy Lodge, Donna’s White House, Kerikeri Farm Hostel, Kerikeri Lodge, Woodlands, Villa Maria, Palm Grove Motel, Abilene Motel, Kerikeri Court Motel, Kauri Park Motel, Kerigold Chalets, Homestead Motels, Ora Ora Resort, Kemp Lodge, Orchard Motel and Kingfisher Retreat.

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