The Kerikeri site is one of Plant & Food Research’s smaller research sites with approximately 12 permanent staff plus seasonal and casual workers.

As it is a small research centre there is not a cafeteria on site.  However food and cooking plays a big part of the culture at the Kerikeri site and seasonal fruit influences the regular cook-ons that are held by staff.  There is a tamarillo day, feijoa crumble day, pot-luck lunches and winter pizza. 

Our site and facilities

The Kerikeri Research Centre site is located in the Bay of Islands and is situated 20 mins drive north of Kerikeri town centre and a 15 minute drive from Waipapa.

The site is situated in beautiful orchards and has a wonderful family atmosphere.  There are pushbikes available for staff during the day to ride around the orchards, and plenty of on-site carparking. 


The Kerikeri Research Centre is situated about a half hour drive away from the local airport, and the main form of transport to the site is by private car, or via bike for the fit and energetic! 

The area

Waipapa is a small settlement near the research centre, which has a shopping complex that includes a bookshop, butchers, fruit and vege shop, medical centre, chemist, and various other shops. 

Kerikeri is the main township closest to the Research Centre.  Kerikeri is in the far north of New Zealand and has a semi-tropical climate, which means long summers and mild winters.  Kerikeri township is a thriving community of approximately 6000 people with two large supermarkets, all the main banks, many cafes, and specialist shops.  Kerikeri is also something of an artistic hub, with galleries selling pottery, paintings and other works of art.  There are many orchards in the Kerikeri area, as well as vineyards.  Some wineries have a restaurant attached so you can sit down and enjoy a wine and meal in a lovely rural setting.

The area also offers many community clubs, churches and organisations which you can join.  There are good schools available in Kerikeri, with the local college and primary schools located right in the Kerikeri township. 

There are other towns located within a three quarter hour drive of the research centre and house prices between towns can vary considerably.  These towns include Paihia, Kaeo, Okaihau, Kawakawa and Kaikohe.

The region

Kerikeri and the whole of the Bay of Islands area is a very scenic part of New Zealand, with beautiful beaches, many islands, waterfalls and lovely bush and walks in the area.  Water activities play a big part of the life of people who live in the Bay of Islands.  For those who enjoy fishing and boating, Kerikeri and the Bay of Islands offer a real playground.  One of the beaches within half an hour’s drive of the Kerikeri Research Centre is Matauri Bay, which is a beautiful beach with a camping ground, and excellent fishing available.  There are many other lovely beaches around the Bay of Islands, which are virtually empty, except during the summer holiday season.  The Manginangina Scenic Reserve, which includes the Puketi Kauri Forest, is half an hour drive from the Kerikeri Research Centre and is home to many large Kauri trees as well as rare birdlife and has excellent boardwalks as well as bush walks.

The Bay of Islands is very much a part of New Zealand’s history, with many Maori settlements well established prior to the arrival of the early European settlers.  Whaling stations were initially set up by the Europeans, with the early wave of European settlers arriving in the early 1800’s and establishing settlements.  There are many historical sites to visit in Kerikeri, including the Stone Store, the oldest surviving stone building in New Zealand and Kemp House, the oldest surviving European building in New Zealand.  There are many other historical sites in the surrounding areas, including the Treaty House in Waitangi, and the Ruapekapeka pa which was the site of a battle between Maori and European in the 1800’s.  The townships of Kerikeri, Paihia and Russell are of particular historical interest.

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