Secluded, casual and all yours. Driftwood Seaside Escapes are tucked into a private peninsula just outside Kerikeri. Driftwood boasts secluded coves, our private vineyard, horses and mooring for the boat. Help yourself to the fruit trees, walk your dog along the beach or picnic in the vineyard. Escape to the Driftwood pace of life.
Driftwood is a short drive from the village of Kerikeri for historic sites, award-winning vineyards, boutique shopping and Farmers' Markets. Explore New Zealand culture with a wander through the Stone Store and the Kororipo Pa Site in Kerikeri or from Driftwood head to the Rangihoua Heritage Park for wonderful walking trail to a selcuded beach, through an important slice of local history.
Driftwood is the perfect base to explore the Far North & Bay of Islands from. Whether you are after beaches, ocean exploring or forest hiking we have you covered.
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The best way to see the Bay of Islands is by boat. Jump on a tall ship or sailboat for the day, swim with dolphins, join a fishing charter or head over to Urupukapuka Island.
Head north and explore the white sands, boutique shopping and classic Kiwi fish & chips in Doubtless Bay. The road from Matauri Bay along the Whangaroa Harbour makes a gorgeous scenic detour along the way. Taupo Bay is a firm favourite & worth the trip!
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is just a short drive away and is a priceless piece of Kiwi culture and history. Spend the morning then jump onto the ferry to Russell for lunch at The Duke of Marlborough and a walk up the hill to our infamous flagpole. Paroa Bay vineyard and Oke Bay are well worth a detour for the adventurous!
Further afield, Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach is an adventurous day trip. We recommend the Fullers Dune Buggy trip. Or head west to Opononi for sand boarding, stunning views and get up close & personal with our mighty Kauri, Tane Mahuta.
ART & SHOPPING
Bursting with creatives and entrepreneurs, Kerikeri and the surrounding area is a fabulous destination for art & boutique shopping lovers. Our favourite spots for a browse are below.
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The Merchants of Kerikeri is an exciting new concept in retail with secondhand & antique home wares, art, Maori carving, demolition yard, fishing gear, cafe and much more.
Russell in the Bay of Islands is a lovely spot for a wander and a browse. Make sure to venture along to Pompallier House for fresh pastries & a gorgeous gift shop.
Kerikeri village has some great boutique shopping options. Wander with a coffee! If you're at the Stone Store, the gift shop is fantastic for amazing Kiwiana treasures.
Looking for souvenirs? Paihia has you covered. We particularly love Flying Fish on the one way street in the village.
KOAST. Kerikeri's annual arts trail is held every Labour Weekend and is well worth a visit for art lovers. Their website is a great resource year round www.koast.org.nz
Northland is famous for some stunning beaches, from white sand horseshoes lined with pohutukawa to mangrove coves for rock pool exploring, to wild West Coast beauties. Our favourites are below.
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Taronui and Tapuaetahi Beaches are a 2 hour bush hike from Driftwood or a short drive - text us for the gate code! See the Cavalli's from the beach. Stunning!
Oke Bay near Rawhiti is a picturesque white sandy cove tucked away near the sleepy community of Rawhiti. Feeling adventurous? Hike over to Whangamumu Bay.
Heading to Cape Reinga? Swing into Henderson Bay in the Far North for one of Northlands' best kept secrets; a huge, spectacular white sand bay lined with sand dunes and rock pools with wild surf in the right swell.
Matauri Bay is just a short drive from Driftwood and a favourite for a quick surf after work for locals. Grab fish & chips from the top of the hill on your way down and walk it off with a hike up the hill at the end of the beach.
FOOD & WINE
Kerikeri is a gourmet lover's paradise. It's hard to find a bad coffee in the village and the surrounding area is bursting with honesty-box stalls, cafes & restaurants, world-class vineyards and more.
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Call into Blue River Blueberry Farm on Koropewa Rd in Waipapa for fresh blueberry icecream and shakes.
The Old Packhouse Market on Saturday mornings on Kerikeri Rd is a fabulous exhibition of local produce, culture, music and more.
Churchill's Butcher in town is world-class for meat and make sure to carry cash to take advantage of the honesty-box produce stalls all over the Far North.
Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will love Cafe Jerusalem while Santeez offers a gluten-free menu. For special occasions you cannot beat Ake Ake Vineyard.
The Cafe Cinema in the village is a gorgeous date night with a movie meal deal option, great film and a delicious menu.
Wine lovers should check out www.northlandwinegrowers.co.nz
Packing the pooch? Driftwood accommodation is all dog-friendly. Some of our favourite spots to explore with our dogs are below.
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Roland's Wood on Kerikeri Road is a four hectare piece of English beech woodland with a Northland twist, generously bequeathed to the dogs (and people!) of Kerikeri by Roland Sansom.
Continue about 9km's past Roland's Wood. Park on the road and Wharau Beach is on your left. Take a towel for a dip!
All beaches excluding the area known as Sullivan's Beach and Te Haumi Beach are great for dog walking. Paihia is also a lovely trip for a fish & chip dinner on the beach.
Follow Landing Road to the bridge and pull into the carpark. This is a great spot for hot dogs with a lovely big open swimming hole and waterfalls to play in. Best for well trained dogs as it is next to a busy road.
The Sunday farmers' market in the post office carpark, Kerikeri is dog friendly. Take the pooch for a wander and enjoy a classic market atmosphere with great live music.
Experience laid-back coastal style and the ultimate Kiwi escape, with a splash of luxury.