Located in the Northland region
IntroductionThe Kororipo-Kerikeri Basin is internationally of cultural and historical significance. The wider Kerikeri area offers a variety of great walking tracks and other recreation opportunities.
Find things to do and places to stay Kerikeri area
Visit one of the heritage sites in the area:
- Kerikeri hydro-electric station - the first power generation in Kerikeri.
- Kororipo Heritage Park - where Māori and Europeans lived side by side. Today, visit New Zealand's oldest European buildings and the Māori pā that was once the fortress and headquarters of famed and feared chief Hongi Hika.
- Rangihoua Heritage Park - where New Zealand's very first Christmas Day was celebrated in 1814. Today, visit the memorial that marks the site.
Kerikeri is in the Bay of Islands, on Northland’s East Coast, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Paihia, and at the head of the navigable, cork-screw Kerikeri Inlet.
The Kororipo-Kerikeri Basin is culturally and historically one of the important places in New Zealand because it is where the country's two major cultures first met and lived, worked and traded together.
It is internationally significant because unlike many other early meeting places between European and indigenous people - which have changed over time - Kerikeri remains much as it was in the first half of the 19th century.
The three places of importance are Kororipo, Ngapuhi chief Hongi Hika's strategic coastal pa site; the Mission (or Kemp) House (1822) the oldest building in New Zealand; and the Stone Store (1836), built by the Church Missionary Society which had been invited by Hongi Hika to establish a mission.
Kororipo pa was the centre of the 1820s musket war campaigns, which changed the New Zealand landscape and populations. The pa was named Kororipo for the ‘swirling waters’ or whirlpool, which it, and the buildings, overlooks.