Things to do around Kerikeri

Only 3 hours north of Auckland, Kerikeri is a popular tourist location and is the largest town in Northland. This is the site of the first permanent mission station in the country and has some of the most historic buildings in New Zealand. Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands should definitely be on your bucket list when visiting New Zealand! 

From Kerikeri you have everything at your fingertips! The town has great restaurants and we are an easy 20 minute drive to Paihia where you can swim with dolphins, kayak the oceans, head out on a fishing trip, swim from the beautiful shores, or picnic along secluded beaches. Cruises of all types leave Paihia wharf daily and for a slice of NZ history we recommend visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Click on the photos or learn more link below to hear more about each activity.

Rainbow falls waterfall

A spectacular 27m waterfall situated next door to the Tea House. A great place to swim, especially in the warmer months November to March. We recommend you’re a good confident swimmer and ensure someone is always with you.

the parrot place

Wander through the subtropical gardens and enjoy the entertaining antics and colourful plumage of a huge variety of exotic parrots from around the world. Great for children with a play area out the back.

Waitangi treaty grounds

Step back in time and discover the birthplace of our nation. An absolute ‘must-do’, the award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum of Waitangi are unquestionably one of New Zealand’s premier attractions.


One of our favourite spots, Paihia is the perfect town to visit for an afternoon. With a relaxing beach front, plenty of activities and the ferry pier for your trip to the outlying islands,  a fishing expedition or a ferry over to Russell. 

tour of kerikeri

Take a relaxed tour of Kerikeri with it’s rich history and lots of character. Experience some of New Zealand's earliest European history at historic Kemp House and the Stone Store, and taste quality wines and chocolates. 

the stone store

Next door to Kemp House, the Stone Store is NZ's oldest stone building. You can shop for authentic goods & classic NZ products recalling the great Kiwi summer holiday & the Stone Store’s place in history as a Northland tourism icon.

dolphin and whale watching

One of the best experiences in the area. Enjoy a unique whale, dolphin, seal or penguin encounter with an eco-tourism cruise. If you're really lucky, sometimes its possible to swim with the whales or dolphins at the right time of year.

akeake vineyard

A boutique vineyard specialising in growing and making traditional handcrafted wines from local grape varietal and with at least a dozen wines available for tasting and purchase. A lovely afternoon to be spent!

wineries and vineyards

Try a tropical Chardonnay, Pinot Gris or vibrant Vigonier. And with a climate similar to the Mediterranean you can enjoy smooth reds like Syrah’s, Pinotage’s and the popular red, Chambourcin.

sailing adventure

Perfect for an exciting, fun and informal day trip! Includes tasty snacks, loads of sailing, a unique island stopover, masks and snorkels and a delicious fresh lunch. Come home to Rainbow Falls Tea House for a hot tub at the end of the day.

Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust is a heritage Steam railway in Kawakawa, home of the world famous Hundertwasser toilets! The only working railway in New Zealand where the trains travel through a busy town.

doubtless bay

Doubtless Bay, Northland New Zealand. We definitely recommend visiting these beaches of luxurious caramel and white sands and invite you to swim, snorkel, fish or sail your way around the Doubtless Bay area.

horse riding experience

A unique way to see the beautiful local landscape and a slice of historic New Zealand. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, Horse Trekin’ has experienced guides and a horse for all levels of experience.

the old packhouse market - sat & sun

The Old Packhouse Market is the Bay of Islands largest market. A great place for locals and visitors to source fresh, local produce. There is a variety of delicious street food vendors, an in-house bakery and two cafes.

Massage and Relaxing

If you're looking for a way to relax while you're staying in Kerikeri, why not get yourself a massage? Divine Touch offers healing massage, energy balancing alignment and pure relaxation for all levels of the body