In the Bay of Islands is the historic town of Kerikeri which is the oldest New Zealand permanent settlement. There are still many historical buildings standing like the wooden Kemp House built in 1821. The Kemp House was used by early missionaries and now serves as a museum depicting early Kerikeri lifestyles. Right next door is the 1832 Stone Store originally used to store mission supplies and now set up as an example of a typical frontier store. From the cheap hotels in Kerikeri there are many area self-guided walks like the Manginangina Kauri Board Walk in the Puketi Forest or the path that leads to Rainbow Falls.
Being on a bay there are a number of beautiful beaches. Some of the popular activities include swimming , kayaking, and sailing among others. Visitors can also tour the Kerikeri inlet on the steamboat SS Eliza Hobson. Some visitors staying in budget hotels in Kerikeri simply enjoy the hospitality of the area while browsing the many arts and crafts shops.