Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand        Swallows Ridge Contact Us
Swallows Ridge, 32A Rangitane Road, RD1, Kerikeri, BAY OF ISLANDS, 0294, New Zealand
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Kerikeri is an excellent base for exploring Northland. Enjoy some of Northlands most glorious scenery and subtropical climate; learn about its early history. The east coast is epitomised by stunning sandy beaches and secluded bays whilst the west coast boasts extensive forests and impressive sand dunes. The heart of this area is known as “The Bay of Islands” and is rated no 3 of the 101 Must Do’s for Kiwis (AA: 2010).  With 144 islands to explore a boat trip is a must! Discover the Hole in the Rock, or swim with dolphins. At the beginning of the 19th century Kerikeri was one of the first places that Europeans settled. The beautiful Kerikeri basin is home to the oldest buildings in New Zealand. Visit the Stone Store built in 1832 and adjacent Kemp House built as a home for the first missionaries in 1822 and discover what life was like for early settlers. See nearby St James Church (1878), built on the same site as New Zealand’s first church opened by Rev. Henry Williams in 1824. Near to the basin is the site of Kororipo Pa, once home to the renowned Maori Chief, Hongi Hika. Explore Rewa’s Village, named after Chief Rewa, and built as a replica of an early Maori village. Kerikeri is also known as “the fruit bowl of new Zealand” –famous for its orchards and fertile volcanic soil, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, oranges, tangelos, persimmons and of course grapes. Samuel Marsden introduced the grapevine to New Zealand in 1819 when he planted 100 vines in Kerikeri. Enjoy visiting the local markets and vineyards and sample the many excellent wines produced locally. Kerikeri has many talented artists and craftsmen, see their exhibits at one of the many galleries or local Sunday craft market. Enjoy a great shopping experience in Kerikeri; find something a little bit different and unique with many excellent products such as hand made chocolates, blended coffee and tea, Limón Celle, skin care products, cheeses, nuts, jewellery and fashion.
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