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Compare car rental in Kerikeri with VroomVroomVroom. We partner with top suppliers in the area such as Budget and Avis to bring you great deals. A rental car is the best way to enjoy the scenic Bay of Islands region. 

Rent a car in Kerikeri and experience some of the best gourmet food in the north of New Zealand. Start your road-trip in Kerikeri or you can choose to book a hire car from Auckland,  just three hours drive away. 

Why book a rental car in Kerikeri with us? 

Booking a car hire means you can enjoy Kerikeri and explore anytime you want without the hassle of fitting in with public transport schedules. Pick VroomVroomVroom to get the best deal for your car rental in Northland.

  • Trusted suppliers: We partner with top car rental companies around New Zealand such as Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Budget and Europcar. 
  • Easy-to-use booking system: Our simple booking system shows you all the available cars in Kerikeri at a glance. 
  • No booking or cancellation fees: If your plans change, we will not charge you a modification fee, and it is free to cancel. 
  • Airport location: With limited access to rental cars in the town, also check out our other nearby locations, such as Kerikeri Airport where you can pick up a great car rental deal. 
  • Customer care: If you have any questions about your booking, we have fantastic and friendly customer care experts ready to assist you. Get in touch with us via phone, email or live chat. Find us on Facebook for more driving tips and travel advice.

Best time to visit Kerikeri

The best time to visit Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands is considered to be summer, when temperatures are at their peak. It is also the busiest season for the region. If you visit during winter, be mindful that there may be frequent rainfall and colder temperatures.

If you are visiting in January, there are plenty of events in the Bay of Islands region to keep you entertained. Enjoy sailing races and a Family Fun Festival. Later in the year, visitors can see a variety of music festivals. 

Driving tips in Kerikeri

If you are heading to Auckland from Kerikeri, it will take you more than three hours. The route will also involve toll roads, so you will have to pay either online or at certain service stations. 

Kerikeri is sometimes known as 'the cradle of the nation', with many historical sites in the town. The oldest fruit tree in New Zealand (it's a pear!) is still standing and bearing fruit, not far from the Stone Store, in turn New Zealand's oldest stone building. Nearby Mission House is the country's oldest wooden building still in use. Kerikeri is twenty minutes driving time from Paihia, in the Bay of Islands. The Kerikeri Inlet is an arm of the Bay of Islands, with fresh water from the Kerikeri River mixes with the Pacific Ocean. 

Top attractions and things to do in Kerikeri

While traveling in New Zealand's Bay of Islands, make sure you include Kerikeri in your road trip, and indulge in the treats this large Northland town has to offer. Kerikeri is the largest service town in the region, so a good place to stock up on essentials. 

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The Rock Adventure Cruise

Address: 69 Marsden Rd, Paihia 0200

The best way to experience the Bay of Islands is from the water. There are plenty of cruises to choose from, but nothing quite 'The Rock.' Join their fun crew for a 22-hour experience. You'll get to drop a line off the boat, and attempt to catch your own dinner. The action doesn't stop: after dinner there is night kayaking, and toasting marshmallows around the fire. Midnight swim anyone? In the morning, you can snorkel, then spend the rest of the day on any of the bay's beautiful islands. Personally recommended by Vroomsters -- 'One of the best things we've done anywhere in the world.'

Bay of Islands Parasail

Address: Marsden Road, Paihia, 0200

Bay of Islands Parasail Tandem

The Bay of Islands looks even better from the air! Get 360-degree aerial views of The Bay of Islands, Russell and Paihia from a solo, tandem, or triple parasail flight. You'll be in safe hands with Bay of Islands Parasail who have a wealth of experience. You'll get a full safety briefing before your 1200-feet flight, and speaking of feet, you won't even get them wet! Aside from enjoying the stunning views, you may also see some playful dolphins leaping below you. This attraction is perfect for the whole family as kids age 5 to 14 can experience the thrill of parasailing too! 

Makana Confections

Address:504 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri 0293

Keep your sweet tooth happy with all sorts of chocolate treats! Truffles, peanut brittle, chocolate dipped biscotti are just some of the treats Makana Confections create. They have two stores, one in Kerikeri, and another at the top of the South Island in Marlborough. The stores operate like a winery cellar-door facility, with tastings, and guidance from skilled staff. Visit the Makana Confection Factory in your hire car and see how the products are made and even sample some of the finest chocolate in New Zealand. Don't forget to pick up some for the road. 

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Kerikeri Homestead Motel

Address: 17 Homestead Rd, Kerikeri 0230

Kerikeri Homestead Motel in Kerikeri, NZ

The Homestead's relaxed setting offers the only fully-serviced apartments right in the centre of Kerikeri township. Situated on three acres of tranquil park like grounds, this boutique Four-Star-Plus motel is just a moment's walk from fantastic cafes, restaurants and bars and an ideal base from which to explore the Far North. With a comfortable and friendly atmosphere, we seek to provide each guest with a memorable experience and a great night's sleep, so that you can enjoy all of the great activities Northland has to offer. Keep in touch – it's on us. Guests can enjoy free unlimited broadband internet, generous work stations, and sumptuous gourmet breakfast to start the day. Our relaxed setting also provides an ideal setting for romantic interludes, family holidays or large groups. Enjoy relaxing beside the brand new resort pool and starry nights soaking in the hot outdoor spa. Come stay with us and let the Homestead be your springboard for your Northland Adventure.

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Top depots in Kerikeri
  • Budget Budget Kerikeri - 459 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, NI. 0230
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