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What are Kerikeri’s most famous landmarks and monuments?
Rainbow Falls is one of the most iconic attractions to see when you book plane tickets to Kerikeri. The waterfall is 27 metres tall and cascades onto the Kerikeri River a short distance north of town. Get a great view of the waterfall by taking a walk along the Rainbow Falls portion of the Kerikeri River Track. You could admire the falls from a distance while holidaying on flights to Kerikeri, or you could follow a path that goes behind the Rainbow Falls if you’re feeling daring.
There’s a rich Maori heritage to learn about when you book flights into Kerikeri Airport (KKE). One of the best places to take in Maori culture is Rewa’s Village, which is a full-scale reconstruction of a Maori village from several hundred years ago. It’s located in a native forest and gives some insight into what a Maori fishing village looked like during the time of early European settlement. Head to Rewa’s Village while visiting Northland on return flights to Kerikeri to browse exhibits, explore gardens of native plants, see traditional Maori architecture, and admire beautiful views over the Kerikeri Basin.
Spend some time at Akeake Reserve to surround yourself by untouched nature while visiting the Bay of Islands on cheap flights to Kerikeri. The track is located along the coastline beside Opito Bay. There are beautiful water views along the track, plus a nice stretch of beach. The main attraction of Akeake Reserve is the fortified pa (Maori village) on the Tareha Point hill. It looks out over the Kerikeri and Te Puna Inlets and is one of the best views you could see while visiting the Bay of Islands on flights to Kerikeri.
What are the best restaurants and cafes in Kerikeri?
The Black Olive
The centrally-located Black Olive is one of the best places to grab pizza while holidaying on flights to Kerikeri. The pizzas are prepared with local produce and meats, and there are gluten-free pizzas crusts available. There’s some indoor seating, but take advantage of the gorgeous garden tables if you book cheap flights to Kerikeri while the weather is nice. There are more than 20 different pizzas to choose from, plus other options like free range chicken stuffed with spinach and blue cheese, seafood risotto, and smoked beef ribs with hoisin barbecue sauce.
Plough & Feather
The Plough & Feather is an English-style gastropub on the banks of Kerikeri River. It’s located in a spot where English settlers and Maori tribes first lived side-by-side, and Plough & Feather tries to tell the story of NZ’s heritage through food. The restaurant uses local produce to put a Northland spin on British classics, such as beer battered fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, and a vegan take on Lancashire hotpot. Plough & Feather also operates as a taproom with a rotating collection of beers brewed by the local Kainui Brew Co. that you can try when you book return flights to Kerikeri.
Cafe Zest and Waffle Room
Cafe Zest is the place to go for brunch and sweets while visiting the Bay of Islands on flights to Kerikeri. Its menu centres around waffles, with both sweet and savoury options available. Some of the decadent waffle toppings you can tuck into in between return flights to Kerikeri include chocolate fudge, homemade marshmallows, banoffee pie, and fried chicken. The Cafe Zest menu also has a selection of other brunch favourites like eggs benedict with bacon and customisable omelettes if you’re not in the mood for a waffle. Accompany your meal with one of the cafe’s wide selection of coffee and tea drinks.
What should I pack for Kerikeri?
Whether you book tickets to Kerikeri in summer or winter, many of the top attractions to see involve spending time outside. Pack a pair of comfortable hiking shoes and plenty of sunscreen when preparing for your flights into Kerikeri Airport (KKE). Bring along warm-weather clothing if you book airfare to Kerikeri in summer, such as shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits. Autumn and spring are also fairly warm during the day but cool down in the evenings. Bring a mix of clothing that you can layer while visiting the Bay of Islands on cheap flights to Kerikeri during these seasons. Winter is the coolest season in Kerikeri with daytime temperatures of about 16°C and evening temperatures dipping to about 10°C. Pack some jeans and lightweight shirts to wear on the warmer days, plus a jacket to throw on when it cools down. Light rain showers are fairly common in winter, so it’s also a good idea to bring along an umbrella if you book airfare to Kerikeri between June and August.