Kerikeri means ‘dig dig’, which is apt, as lots of digging goes on around the area's fertile farmland. Famous for its oranges, Kerikeri also produces kiwifruit, vegetables and wine. If you’re looking for some back-breaking, poorly paid work that the locals aren’t keen to do, your working holiday starts here.
A snapshot of early Māori and British interaction is offered by a cluster of historic sites centred on the picturesque river basin. In 1819 the powerful Ngāpuhi chief Hongi Hika allowed Reverend Samuel Marsden to start a mission under the shadow of his Kororipo Pā. There’s an ongoing campaign to have the area recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site.