Kerikeri is in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s own subtropical paradise. Experience the lifestyle – Birds, Beaches, Food, Fishing and really great people. Kerikeri is a wonderful mix of the new, the old and the exciting. It includes its historic past but not at the expense of the now. Kerikeri has built on its past, from the original Maori settlements that lived in and embraced the temperate and pleasant surroundings, to a vibrant modern town on the edge of the Bay of Islands. You can see the same waterfall and walk the same track that Charles Darwin did in 1835. You can walk to Hongi Hika’s Pa site at Koropiro and see how it commanded a view of the river in both directions. You can look upriver to the site of the Mission station and the Stone Store. Cross the Kerikeri River on the same ford that the early settlers used.

Kerikeri is approximately 3 hours drive from downtown Auckland or a direct 4.5 hour coach journey. It is also home to  Kerikeri Bay of Islands Airport and there are a choice of airlines operating scheduled flights daily. [/tab] [tab]The ship departs from Russell Wharf so we provide a free return ferry transfer across from Paihia. Please be at Paihia Wharf no later than 0925 to catch the 0930 Bay Belle. It is approximately 30 minutes drive from Kerikeri to Paihia, where you catch the ferry across to Russell so you should allow time to park as well as travel. All day parking is available in the Pay & Display carpark on Williams Road[/tab] [tab]Kerikeri has an excellent choice of dining options including fine dining, indian cuisine and chinese as well as several fast food chains. It is home to a number of award winning Vineyards, many of whom provide both lunches and dinners.

Places to stay include:

Kaimanga Lodge Homestay – Luxury self contained cottage
Kerikeri Top 10 Holiday Park
Ora Ora Resort– Luxury health and wellness centre
Stone Store Lodge adjacent to Kerikeri Basin
Ten on One
Woodlands Motel & Conference Venue
The Promontory – outstanding inlet and rural views