When friends come and stay, they often ask, "Where are the beaches like in Kerikeri?" Or: "What are the beaches in Kerikeri like?" Um, there aren't any beaches in central Kerikeri: although the town has a waterfront location, and yes it's a part of the Bay of Islands, the setting is a tidal inlet rather than beaches. In other words, a number of rivers and streams join … [Read more...]
Kerikeri: things to do, eat & explore
Discover the best insider tips from a local, on things to do, eat and explore in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
I visited Ake Ake Vineyard Restaurant, just outside Kerikeri, with Mr Baywatcher and my dad. My dad had been staying with us for nearly 3 months, helping build my vegetable garden, so our visit here was a special lunch to say thank you to my dad for all his work. Top tip: have a wine tasting before you dine! Mr Baywatcher is a bit of a wine buff and really appreciates … [Read more...]
A great way to explore Kerikeri is by kayak, on the Kerikeri Inlet - and it looks very different from the water than from the land! We launched our kayaks at Waipapa Landing - this is a good all-tide launching spot, with a concrete boat ramp, plenty of parking and also a toilet block. Map of Waipapa Landing boat ramp: The pin below shows the location of the boat ramp … [Read more...]
Did you know that sailing is a cheap and very accessible sport? I kid you not - it's true - certainly for crew. (It's a bit pricey if you're a boatowner, but you don't need to be a boat owner to sail in the Bay of Islands.) How to go sailing at Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands when you don't have a boat Kerikeri Cruising Club runs a packed schedule of sailboat races … [Read more...]
The Old Packhouse market on Saturdays is one of my top 'Must Do' things in Kerikeri. Partially undercover, it's a great place to buy yummy fresh, local, seasonal produce and also have a bite to eat. There are a good number of stalls selling food to be enjoyed on the premises: my current favourites include the mussel fritters, pies and hangi. The Old Packhouse Market … [Read more...]
To be honest, UB40 isn’t my favourite band. In fact, “Red red wine” is probably my least favourite song ever. But, it’s my dad’s favourite song and a band he loves. So when he was visiting from England, the two of us went along to the gig. At the gig, my dad confessed he hadn’t been to a concert since he went to Eric Clapton with me 20 years earlier – goodness! And he’s … [Read more...]