Kerikeri River Track - OPEN

Northern Start
From rest area at junction of SH10 & Kerikeri River (on north bank, south of Waipapa village).
Southern End
Stone Store, Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri Basin.
2 hours
Tramping Standard
Easy tramping track
(North to South)

From the picnic area on SH10, follow the Te Araroa and orange track markers across stiles, pasture and along fencelines to the northern banks of the Kerikeri River. There can be from time to time a number of electric fences along here - generally easy to get across or under, however do take care to avoid getting a shock.

Continue following the river and orange markers NE/SE for 3km until joining with DoC’s Kerikeri Walkway near Rainbow Falls Rd. There one can view the 27m high Rainbow Falls that tumble over the basalt lava fields which flowed into the river valley after long past volcanic eruptions. 

From then on, the track is a well-developed and marked bush track. It passes through stands of young kauri & totara. It also passes the remains of a powerhouse built as part of a hydro-electric generation scheme which operated between 1930-67.

Follow this track all the way to the picnic area/carpark area on Landing Road, then cross the footbridge over the river to New Zealand's oldest house, Kemp House (1821-22) and the world renowned Stone Store (1832-36) on the Kerikeri Basin.

Potential Hazards
  • Poisons & traps
  • Farming operations
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

The Kerikeri Basin is where Maori welcomed missionaries in 1819 to establish a Church Mission Settlement. This established the framework for New Zealand's bi-cultural society. Kerikeri is both a beautiful place in the Bay of Islands, and one of New Zealand's most historic sites.
General information
More information about Kerikeri please refer to: 
Paihia I-Site Information Centre:
Department of Conservation Bay of Islands area office - 34 Landing Rd - P: 09 407 0300 - E:

Getting there/away
Air New Zealand Link from Auckland airport - P: 0800 737 000 or 09 357 3000 -
SaltAir from KeriKeri or Paihia - P: 0800 472 582 or 09 402 8338 - E: -
Bay Of Islands Airport for flight and shuttle transport info.
Intercity bus from Auckland - Kerikeri - Kaitaia - P: 09 583 5780 - E: -
Kerikeri Taxi Shuttle & Tours P: 09 407 9515 or 021 407 951 - E: -

Kerikeri Top Ten Holiday Park & Aranga Backpackers - 23 Aranga Rd, Kerikeri - P: 09 407 9326 or 0800 272 642 -
Hone Heke Backpackers - 65 Hone Heke Rd, Kerikeri - P: 0800 407817, 09 407 8170 E: - Website

New World Kerikeri - 99 Kerikeri Rd - P: 09 407 0200
Countdown Kerikeri - 1 Fairway Drive - P: 09 407 6163

Derek Miller and Michael Champtaloup both live in Haruru Falls and are happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc - anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests
Derek 0212544919 or 094027717
Michael 0276921465

  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs
  • No horses
  • No vehicles
  • No bikes
  • No taking plants
  • No camping
  • No fires
  • Kiwis - no dogs allowed
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
(On Route)
  • Carpark Rainbow Falls Park
  • Toilets Rainbow Falls Park
  • Rubbish bins at Rainbow Falls Park
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Phone
Closest Town(s)
Kerkeri or Waipapa village
Managed by
Far North District Council & DoC