Kerikeri has the best dining scene in the Bay of Islands, with a good selection of cafes and restaurants.
Artisans of Kerikeri
You’d be forgiven for thinking that everyone in Kerikeri is involved in some small-scale artisanal enterprise, given the bombardment of craft shops on the way into town. A little further afield, a handful of vineyards are doing their best to stake Northland's claim as a wine region. The little-known red grape chambourcin has proved particularly suited to the region’s subtropical humidity, along with pinotage and syrah.
Look out for the Art & Craft Trail and Wine Trail brochures. Here are our tasty recommendations:
- Ake Ake Wine tastings (usually $8) are free with lunch or a purchase of wine.
- Cottle Hill Wine, port, grappa and liquors.
- Get Fudged & Keriblue Ceramics An unusual pairing of ceramics and big, decadent slabs of fudge.
- Makana Confections Artisan chocolate factory with a cafe attached.
- Marsden Estate Wine tastings and lunch on the terrace.