The Kerikeri basin & surrounds
Kerikeri is a well known fruit and vegetable growing area (incl kiwifruit, citrus, grapefruit, mandarin, sub tropical fruits, avocado and more) and a much larger town than nearby Paihia (it also has its own small airport) There are many roadside stalls on the way into town selling organic produce.
In the main street, we didn’t find many interesting shops, but being a Sunday, most things were closed, apart from some cafes and a secondhand bookshop. (When we returned the next day for another look, it wasn’t much more interesting either).
The town was large enough to have both a McDonalds and a Subway, and had a strange recently revamped main street, where it had been turned into a 1 lane 1 way street, and traffic going the other way had to wind around a back street and rejoin the main street further down the road, which even as a visitor I found quite annoying after doing it a couple of times.
On the outskirts of town it was much more interesting though, as there were places like the Makana Chocolate factory (everybody was given 3 finished product samples) a Kauri Workshop and souvenir shop (a wide variety of souvenirs, including some I hadn’t seen in any other shop.
Here's a couple of photos of the tranquil Kerikeri Basin, the most historic part of town, with the oldest building in New Zealand to be found here.