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: