If you had a hard time imagining nearby Kororipo Pā in its original state, take the footbridge across the river to this mock-up of a traditional Māori fishing village. Opening hours can be hit and miss, and it's in need of some maintenance.

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1. Kerikeri Mission Station

0.08 MILES

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 …

2. Kororipo Pā

0.15 MILES

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…

3. Wharepuke Falls

0.54 MILES

What it lacks in height this attractive waterfall makes up for in breadth. It's accessed from the Kerikeri River Track.

4. Charlie's Rock

1.06 MILES

This secret swimming hole is not easy to find, but those who do are rewarded with a plunge in the crisp cold water. Ask the locals how to get here; you…

5. Rainbow Falls

1.23 MILES

An impressive waterfall on the Kerikeri River that can also be accessed via the road. An historic tea house is close by for those walking from the river…

6. Aroha Island

2.94 MILES

Some 10km from town and reached via a permanent causeway through the mangroves, this 12-hectare island reserve provides a haven for the North Island brown…

7. Cottle Hill

3.55 MILES

Call into the cellar door for a tasting of wine, port and grappa. It's just off SH10 south of Kerikeri.

8. Haruru Falls

6.51 MILES

A walking track (one way 1½ hours, 5km) leads from the Treaty Grounds along the Waitangi River to these attractive horseshoe falls. Part of the path…