Kerikeri Basin, Stone Store & Mission House
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If you love history, nature, niche food products, boutique vineyards, art galleries, cafes and crafts, you will love Kerikeri.
Kerikeri was home ground for the fearsome Hongi Hika, a Maori chief 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.
Today the area is known for its orchards, wineries and art galleries. Lunch in one of the many outdoor cafés, indulge in delicious handmade chocolates or limoncello. Kerikeri also has its own natural skincare range, which is ‘made of New Zealand’.
Kerikeri has excellent sporting facilities including golf, all-weather tennis and yachting. For the nature enthusiasts, the Rainbow Falls and the Puketi Forest are definitely worth a visit.
Within minutes by car or an hour's walk from the Kerikeri Basin car park is the 27 metre Rainbow Falls. Further afield lies the Puketi Forest, an ideal place to tramp and view kauri trees from a boardwalk which also has wheelchair access.
Historical highlights of Kerikeri are the Kerikeri Mission House, the country’s oldest house built by John Butler in 1821, and the Mission’s Stone Store dating from 1832, New Zealand’s oldest stone building. These wonderful buildings are regarded as the “Cradle of the Nation”, and are a must for all visitors to the Bay of Islands.
Luxury lodge accommodation consists of three self contained guesthouses with stunning vistas and private decks. Less than 1km to the town yet totally secluded, this accommodation is ideal for a relaxing holiday, romantic getaway or golf retreat.View Details View Rates & Availability
Experience the winterless North from the comfort of our beautifully maintained motel. An ideal stepping stone to explore the region and a perfect location to enjoy the charm of historic Kerikeri.View Details View Rates & Availability
Sleep in the curl of Cupid’s bow! Set amongst secluded gardens, waterfalls and reflective ponds, Moon Gate Villa offers only three suites and a unique, hosted accommodation experience for travellers looking for something a little special.View Details View Rates & Availability
The Homestead’s relaxed setting offers the only fully-serviced apartments right in the centre of Kerikeri township. Situated on tranquil park like grounds, this boutique Four-Star-Plus motel is a moment’s walk from fantastic cafes and restaurants.View Details
Adventure Puketi offers personalised guided day and night walks into the majestic Puketi Rainforest in the Bay of Islands (BOI). A fascinating insight into New Zealands subtropical flora and fauna, especially the magnificent Kauri Tree.View Details View Rates & Availability
The Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s foremost historic area, birthplace to Māori and Pakeha (European) relations and home of the Kerikeri Mission Station.View Details
The Kerikeri Mission Station has two of New Zealand's oldest buildings; the Stone Store and Kemp House are essential sights for heritage lovers. Inspired tours, an historic shopping experience, heritage gardens and the Honey House café await you.View Details
Te Waimate Mission House, built in 1832, is the only survivor of three mission houses founded in 1830 on behalf of the Church Missionary Society by the Reverend Samuel Marsden with the agreement of local Ngapuhi.View Details