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Kerikeri Area Guide


Historic Stone Store at Kerikeri.
Construction began in 1832.
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Kerikeri has a special place in New Zealand history, as the location of the very earliest European settlements. Indeed, its chief tourist attraction is the Kerikeri Mission House and neighbouring Stone Store Trading Post. The Mission House is the oldest stone building in the country, dating back to 1822.

But Kerikeri's attractions are more natural than man-made. Located at the edge of the Kerikeri inlet, it's a base for river and coastal boat and kayak tours, cruises and fishing trips. It's also close to the Puketi forest, home of giant kauri trees and the famous Te Tangi o te Tui tree in particular.

The unspoilt sub-tropical environment gives the town an ecological, artistic flavour. Kerikeri is home to a flourishing arts and crafts trade, as well as an eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants. Accommodation is plentiful, usually with sea views.

And for those who prefer their grass cut short, the town is also close to Kauri Cliffs, voted one of the world's top 100 golf courses by Golf Magazine.

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