Kerikeri is located in the Bay of Islands on North Island in New Zealand. Kerikeri is a popular tourist destination for several reasons. First, it has historic landmarks such as the first permanent mission and the oldest building in New Zealand. Second, the Bay of Islands is famous for its beaches and big-game sport fishing. Lastly, it has its own chocolate factory, which is always a winner. Then there is the fact that Kerikeri is within easy driving distance of Auckland, for a day trip or weekend stay. Get a car for hire in Kerikeri to explore this beautiful place at your leisure. The vehicle will come in handy for visiting other destinations in the Bay of Islands.
The most famous point of interest is the Kerikeri Mission Station. It may be the country’s first permanent mission station, but the Stone Store still remains New Zealand’s oldest building. Opposite the Stone Store, you will find Rewa’s Village. This village is a replica of a fishing village as it was when the first European settlers arrived. Get a car for rent in Kerikeri and take a look at Pete's Pioneers Transport Museum and the quaint and antiquated steam driven sawmill.
If you are done with the history tour, Kerikeri has a lot more attractions and activities that are distinctly interesting. The Parrot Place attracts a lot of family travelers with children, and so does the Makana Confections chocolate factory, where you can pick up a bagful of hand-made quality chocolates. You can also visit the Wharepuke gardens and take a bush walk to the thunderous Rainbow Falls.
Sure, you can stay at a nice hotel or resort, which you can easily find in Kerikeri. But if you prefer an eco-friendly holiday, then you may want to take a look at the Wharepuke cottages on 190 Kerikeri Road. These are eco-cottages nestled in a huge sub-tropical garden featuring the famous Art at Wharepuke gallery. They have one-bedroom, self-catering cottages big enough to sleep four people. If you prefer eco-luxury, then check out the Ora Ora Eco Wellness Resort at 28 Landing Road.
When you are done poking around Kerikeri, you may want to explore the rest of the Bay of Islands. Book your car rental in Kerikeri right now, and plan for visits to nearby tourist hotspots such as Paihia with its sandy beaches, the big-game fishing out of Russell, and the boating playground that is the Opua Marina. You could also enjoy a two and a half hour drive along the coast, to Cape Reinga at land’s end on North Island.
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