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Top Choice Historic Building in Kerikeri

Kerikeri Mission Station

Two of the nation's most significant buildings nestle side by side on the banks of Kerikeri Basin. Start at the Stone Store, NZ's oldest stone building (1836). Upstairs there's an interesting little museum, while do…
Top Choice Cafe in Kerikeri

Rusty Tractor

As decadent breakfasts go, Rusty Tractor's doughnuts with crème fraiche and berries take some beating. There are healthier options, too, and the coffee's up with the best in Kerikeri. Otherwise, treat yourself to a …
British in Kerikeri

Ake Ake

At this upmarket winery restaurant, the rural setting is complemented by hearty but sophisticated country fare such as lamb shanks, wild game pie, confit duck and steak. The Sunday roasts are legendary. After lunch,…
Bistro in Kerikeri

Ziezo

This stylish bistro certainly brightens up Kerikeri's retail-focused main street, and the food is equally interesting. Ziezo is the Dutch equivalent of voila ('here it is!') and, alongside classic bistro dishes, a s…
Contemporary in Kerikeri

Marsden Estate

The interior of this winery restaurant is large and featureless so opt for the covered terrace at the rear, which has wonderful views over the vines and a pretty pond. Cooked breakfasts give way to sophisticated lun…
Israeli in Kerikeri

Cafe Jerusalem

Northland’s best falafels, lamb shawarma (kebab) and meze platters, all served with a smile and a social vibe. Most mains come with rice, pitta bread, tabouli and a salad. Try the shakshuka (baked eggs in a spicy to…
Historic Site in Kerikeri

Kororipo Pā

Just up the hill from Kerikeri Mission Station is a marked historical walk that leads to the site of Hongi Hika's pā (fortress) and village. Little remains aside from the terracing that once supported wooden palisad…
Wildlife Reserve in Kerikeri

Aroha Island

Reached via a permanent causeway through the mangroves, this 12-hectare island provides a haven for the North Island brown kiwi and other native birds, as well as a pleasant picnic spot for their nonfeathered admire…
Bar in Kerikeri

La Taza Del Diablo

This Mexican-style bar is about as energetic and raffish as buttoned-down Kerikeri gets with a decent selection of tequila, Mexican beers and, just maybe, Northland's best margaritas. Tacos, enchiladas and chimichan…
Thai in Kerikeri

Food at Wharepuke

With one foot in Europe, the other in Thailand and its head in the lush vegetation of Wharepuke Subtropical Gardens, this is Kerikeri's most unusual and inspired eatery. On Friday nights it serves popular Thai banqu…