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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Northland > Bay of Islands > Kerikeri


Located slightly inland at the northern end of the bay, fast-growing Kerikeri’s main draw for backpackers is its abundance of casual work picking fruit in the nearby orchards. Most hostels will arrange work and transport pretty much all year.

There is more than fruit-picking to Kerikeri, however. It’s the site of the first permanent mission station in the country, and is home to several historic buildings, including New Zealand’s oldest house, the 1821 Kemp House. Another local icon is the 1832 stone store.
For the more upscale traveller, Kerikeri also has a thriving arts and food scene. There are a surprising number of art and craft studios, workshops and galleries for such a small town. Cafés, restaurants, gourmet food shops, wineries and a farmer’s market are part of a developing and serious food culture here. Return visitors to Kerikeri after a number of years have commented on how dramatically the town has changed.

Coming & going

InterCity (tel (09) 623 1503) coaches stop outside Subway (9 Cobham Street, Kerikeri).

Hostel accommodation

Aranga Backpackers

Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Tel (09) 407 9326 or (0800) 272 642

Hideaway Lodge

Wiroa Road, Kerikeri
Tel (09) 407 9773

Hone Heke Lodge

65 Hone Heke Road, Kerikeri
Tel (09) 407 8170

Kerikeri Farm Hostel

State Highway 10, Kerikeri
Tel (09) 407 6989

Eating & drinking

Kerikeri has a serious café culture, with much of the action centred on and around Kerikeri Road, the main street that runs through town. There almost seem too many cafés to count. A few are: Café Jerusalem (Cobblestone Mall, Kerikeri), which has Middle Eastern food to eat in or take away. Café Zest (73 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri) is an organic/vegetarian café; the Fishbone Café (88 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri) is another popular spot.

There’s not a lot of nightlife in Kerikeri; the Citrus Bar (corner Cobham and Kerikeri Roads, Kerikeri) is the main venue in the area.

There’s a farmers’ market featuring the great local produce every Sunday morning on Hobson Avenue.

Kerikeri’s supermarkets include a New World (99 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri) and a Woolworths (corner Fairway Drive & Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri).


Skydive Zone Bay of Islands

This Kerikeri-based skydove operator offers the highest tandem skydiving experience in the Bay of Islands. Instruction begins with a short briefing, then you and your instructor share a tandem harness, frefalling from nearly 15,000 feet at speeds of 200 km/h or more.

Tel (09) 407 7057
Website www.skydivezoneboi.co.nz
Tandem jump from 9,000 ft $235; tandem jump from 12,000 ft $290; tandem jump from 15,000 ft $355


Kemp House & Stone Store

New Zealand’s oldest European building (Kemp House) and the country’s oldest stone building (the Stone Store) are located at the Kerikeri River Basin, a 20-minute walk from the town centre. It is a fascinating site if you’re interested in New Zealand history.

246 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Basin
Tel (09) 407 9236
Website www.historic.org.nz
Admission $5
Open Jan-Apr 10am-5pm daily; May-Oct 10am-4pm daily; Nov-Dec 10am-5pm daily

Rewa’s Village

This reconstructed Maori fishing village depicts how Maori lived in the Kerikeri area before the arrival of missionaries.

1 Landing Road, Kerikeri
Tel (09) 407 6454
Admission $2.50
Open summer 9am-5pm daily; winter 10am-4pm daily

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