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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.

Kerikeri Basin

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.