As Kerikeri is the largest town in Northland, there’s just so much to discover. This boutique town is rich, full of character and is embedded in New Zealand history. Explore Kerikeri’s beautiful natural attractions, walks, historical sites and more…

Kerikeri Mission Station Kemp House and Stone Store
Source: Rex Leung

Firstly, pop a visit to the riverside Kororipo Heritage Park, to discover the Kerikeri Mission Station (also known as Kemp House) and the Stone Store. The Kemp House is New Zealand’s oldest standing building, which was built in 1821 by missionaries and local Māori at the time.

Close by, is the Stone Store, established in 1832. The Stone Store offers both  historical products and New Zealand merchandise for purchase. Furthermore, inside the Stone Store is a little museum open to the public. There are also guided tours available to view the Kemp House and terraced pa site.

 

Visiting Rainbow Falls is a must-do when in Kerikeri. This stunning 27m waterfall is just a 10 minute drive away from Kerikeri Park Lodge and is easily accessible for all fitness levels. Enjoy a short stroll for a close-up of the waterfall or view the waterfall from afar in the Kerikeri Basin carpark.

Additionally, just beyond Rainbow Falls, is the Puketi Forest which is ideal for walking or tramping. Capture the natural beauty of the kauri trees via the Manginangina Kauri Walk – just a brisk 15 minute walk. 

Kerikeri has two weekend farmers markets: The Packhouse Markets and the Bay of Islands Farmers Market

The Old Packhouse Markets open on Saturdays and Sundays every weekend, rain or shine. Treat yourself to fresh local produce, great food and coffee or some vintage gems. Along with this, every week they have live entertainment to make your weekend adventure just that much better. 

The Bay of Islands Farmers Market is held in both Kerikeri and Paihia every week on Sundays. Offering seasonal produce, freshly roasted coffee, cheese, preserves and artisan foods – you’ll feel great about supporting local. 

Makana Confections is the place to go for all chocolate lovers. They offer high-quality handmade New Zealand chocolates and confections, perfect for indulging or as a sweet gift. Try out some free samples and watch the chocolate be made at their factory in-store.

You can also purchase their quality confections via their online store here.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Source: Dan de Boer

Lastly, just a 20 minute drive from Kerikeri, delve into New Zealand history and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Here you can visit the interactive Museum and watch incredible Maori cultural performances as well. Additionally, it’s the best place to learn more about the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. 

Walk through the tranquil Waitangi estate, gardens and bush tracks… After that, go on a tour to see the carving studio and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe (Ngātokimatawhaorua). On the other hand, if you just want to relax their Whare Waka Cafe is a great option too.

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