Accommodation in Kerikeri
Kerikeri is a historic town and considered one the most charming town in the Northland. Kerikeri is located about 23 kilometers from Paihia and well worth a visit. The town was founded by Reverend Samuel Marsden as the second mission, and built on the site of a former Maori settlement. The mission was protected by the mighty Maori chief Hongi Hika.
In 1819 the mission was expanded by Reverend John Butler with “Kemp House, the oldest wooden building which is still standing, and the Stone Store, the oldest stone building in New Zealand. The Stone Store is now used as souvenir shop. Across the river is Rewa’s Maori Village, a well-constructed Maori village from the time before the arrival of European settlers. In traditional buildings as the Marea – collecting place – and Pataka – commons storage – many indigenous materials are processed.
These days there are many artists living in Keri Keri, so it is well worth stopping by local shops and galleries. If you want a good insight into the history of this town, do the 10-minute “Historic Walk,” which starts behind the Stone Store. This walk takes you along the main historical highlights like the Kororipo Pa, the fortress of the chief of the tribe Hongi Hika. The walk ends at the St. James Anglican Church, built in 1878. When you cross the river you can do about 4 km long Kerikeri River Track, which takes you to the Rainbow Falls, waterfalls located about 27 meters down plunge. Along the way you pass the Wharepoke Falls where the Fairy Pools are for swimming and picnicking.