Kerikeri is a popular tourist place on the famous Bay of Islands in New Zealand. It's also considered the nation's birthplace, because this is where the first colonists settled. The town has a beautiful historical center. A backpacker once wrote in his hotel's register: 'It's So Nice They Named It Twice', which made the tourist office immediately use this product of his pen as their slogan.
The town has approximately 7000 inhabitants.
Local economy is based on tourism. Besides trips through the Bay of Islands (dolphins) people visit Kerikeri for the well-preserved historical center and the many arts and crafts shops. A special route has been created: the Arts and Craft Trail.
The city's airport has been named after its bay: Bay of Islands Airport. It's situated about 6 kilometers southwest of Kerikeri and is easily reachable by rental car via State Highway 10. The exit to the airport is clearly signposted.
All tourist places of interest in and around Kerikeri can be reached by bus. There are buses to Waitangi, Paihia, Russel, Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga, and also to Puketi Forest where you'll find majestic kauri trees. There are also bus connections with other places on the North Island, including Auckland.
Kerikeri is a small town and you'll easily find your way around. Finding a parking place is no problem either. A rental car is an ideal means of transportation to visit the many places of interest on the North Island. Auckland is reachable via State Highway 10 and State Highway 1.
There's a very large choice of accommodations in and around Kerikeri, especially for backpackers. They often stay in town for a long time, because facilities are excellent for a good price. People preferring a midrange hotel also have a good choice, but Kerikeri has no super deluxe accommodations.
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