Kerikeri has been growing for a long time and offers all of the advantages of a big city without the pressures of big mortgages, traffic jams and no sense of community. Kerikeri is the citrus capital of NZ and has Northland’s best schools (both public and private, www.kerikerihigh.ac.nz and www.springbank.school.nz), lots of cafes and restaurants, plenty of flights to Auckland from the local airport, good shopping, sophisticated entertainment with a multiplex (www.cathaycinemas.co.nz) and an opera house ( www.turnercentre.co.nz – something the big cities don’t have), great sporting facilities and domains, a local marina, close to beaches, harbours and rivers all offering a great life-style.

Kerikeri hosts NZ’s history with the oldest wooden building being the Kemp house and the oldest stone building being the Stone Store at the beautiful Stone Store basin where European settlement first began. Then in the early 20th century a wave of wealthy ex-pat English immigrants arrived in Kerikeri from China, attracted by orchard blocks developed by George Alderton and so began the citrus industry in Kerikeri, now supplemented by Kiwifruit and other export crops.

Kerikeri is the hub of the Bay of Islands with council offices, lots of professional services, all the big retailers, a Polytech and all the range of small business services expected in a regional centre. There has been a steady stream of long-term arrivals into Kerikeri, many who have tried the other Bay of Islands towns like Russell and found them too isolated and lacking in services and entertainment. Real estate values, while not matching the sudden burst of Auckland, have steadily risen and have out-performed all other Northland towns.

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