Kerikeri is an aquatic playground. Swim with the dolphins, dive the Rainbow Warrior, go game fishing, or discover the history and culture of the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Kerikeri Activity Highlights Overview
Kerikeri is a quaint historical town, nestled on the shores of the Kerikeri Inlet. Here you will find boutique cafes, gourmet restaurants, kayaking, swimming with dolphins, touching history, coastal walking tracks, Maori war canoes, game fishing, cruising and stunning beaches to relax on. Kerikeri enjoys an abundance of different kinds of experiences to connect the people, culture, ocean and land.
Walk along a red pohutukawa tree blossom-strewn golden sand beach. See whales, penguins, seals and listen to the songs of seabirds. Have a round of golf on the most majestic of courses. Ride a jet-ski in the hot sun, sit in the shade with an iced tea. Go big game fishing or take an historical tour.
Local attractions include the Cape Brett Lighthouse, Haruru Falls, (a rare horseshoe-shaped waterfall that flows to the legendary 'taniwha' or water monster in the lagoon below), and the Grand Cathedral Cave, (or 'the hole in the rock').
Kerikeri History, Art and Fruit
Kerikeri is a fascinating town with a local community of orchardists and artists.
- View the Stone Store and Mission House, examples of early New Zealand architecture
- Follow the art and craft trail to get to know some of the artisans
- Call into Bishopswood Estate—two wineries and a boutique chocolate factory
- Spend a day at Kauri Cliffs Golf Club and Lodge
- See kiwis in their natural environment at Aroha Ecological Centre
- On the way to Kerikeri, stop in at Kawakawa to visit the famous 'Hundertwasser' designed toilets
Playtime in the Bay of Islands
Kerikeri is nestled in the beautiful Bay of Islands, an aquatic playground lavishly furnished with 144 islands and a myriad of secluded beaches.
- Go swimming with dolphins, sailing, big game fishing and kayaking
- Take the 'Hole in the Rock' cruise to the tip of Cape Brett
- Visit Waitangi National Reserve, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840
- Look around Pompallier, in Russell, an original rammed earth Catholic Missionary House
- Walk to Haruru Falls—three kilometres from Paihia. The water falls in a horse shoe shape—very rare and quite spectacular
Activities abound in Kerikeri!
- Diving, snorkelling
- Horse trekking
- Swimming with dolphins
- Hiking, walking
- Kayaking, canoeing
- Historical tours
- Jet boating, jet skiing
- Boat charter, cruises
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Kerikeri Region Information
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Major activities and attractions in the Kerikeri region.