“Sue's beautifully-designed, modern home is situated on a private cul-de-sac, providing visitors a feeling of living in a forest while still being walking distance to all local amenities. She provided a very-detailed list of suggested activities. Her house, therefore, was also the perfect home base for exploring the region, which contains several culturally-significant Maori sites, including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the stunning Cape Reinga. We had the chance to meet up with Sue back in Montreal and would highly recommend her as a home exchange partner.”
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Where is it?
My home is located a short walk (10 mins) from subtropical Kerikeri township. http://www.kerikeri.co.nz/
Kerikeri is known as the cradle of the nation because the early settlers were based here. The of the oldest buildings in NZ are a 5 minute walk from the house. (Kemp house and the stone store at the Basin Reserve).
Kerikeri is in the The Bay of Islands. This area is known for beaches, fishing and boating. Paihia is only a 20 minute drive away and there are lots of charter operators (and tourist trips) based there.
Kerikeri is known for its orchards. Today these are varied: citrus, kiwifruit, tamarillo, persimmon etc
There are some great DOC walking tracks in the area. An easy one from the house is to walk to the Stone store (5 mins) then do the river walk to rainbow falls and back (8.6kms).
Kerikeri town has all the facilities you will need while you are here. 2 large supermarkets, many restaurants, cafes, wineries etc. There is even a 3 screen cinema, and a chocolate factory to visit if the weather is bad.
The farmers market on Sunday is a delight.
The airport (Bay of Islands /Kerikeri) is a 10 minute drive away. Cars can be rented there but pre-booking is required. There is also normally a shuttle mini-bus service into town.
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