Tropical Garden Bay of Islands

Its been a heck of a long drive today. We’re here to explore Kerikeri Bay of Islands Tropical gardens Waterfall walk plus history. We arrived exhausted at 88 Lodge B&B and walked straight into 7000 sqm of tropical garden. It reminded me parts of northern Queensland. We’re staying in the spacious Majestic suite overlooking a garden paradise. Its bliss. The Bay of Island is really a destination for longer stays (from 3-5 nights) as the drive up and down takes longer. Compare with the Coromandel option.


Over 26 variety of birds are found in this garden. And one of the reasons has to be the beautiful pops of colour on display.

88 Lodge B & B Kerikeri

88 Lodge B & B Kerikeri

Rainbow falls Walk near Kerikeri

We’re about to discover Kerikeri Bay of Islands Tropical gardens Waterfall walk. The Rainbow Falls walk is suitable for most ages and fitness levels.  We started from the historic Stone Store and Mission House in the Kerikeri Basin. We followed the banks of the Kerikeri River up to the Wharepuke and Rainbow Falls.

Wharepuke Falls

Wharepuke Falls

Native birds such as tui and fantails flitted around us as we hiked through native bush. We even saw a couple of very plump Kereru (native wood pigeon) There are viewing platforms built at different levels at the top of the falls. At certain times of the day a mist surrounds the waterfall to create a rainbow.

Rainbow Falls Kerikeri

Rainbow Falls Kerikeri

We were so intent on getting to the falls that we probably didn’t notice the details. But coming back, we relaxed more and noticed this rather unusual tree.  Michael was convinced he could see the head of a dog.  I have yet to be convinced.

After the walk, we had a coffee at the Honeybee Cafe in the historical Kerikeri Basin.

Food at Wharepuke Restaurant

Later that evening we had a special wedding anniversary dinner at Food at Wharepuke restaurant. We had a great table surrounded by a tropical garden.  The food was full of taste and delicious. It was a memorable evening made special by caring staff.

Food at Wharepuke Kerikeri

Food at Wharepuke Kerikeri

What a pleasant end to the day! Back to our tropical garden. Sleep will come easy tonight. Here are some accommodation and tour options for the Bay of Islands as well. The Kerikeri farmers market on a Saturday in also worth visiting.

Happy Travelling in tropical Kerikeri, Bay of Islands!

2 responses to “Kerikeri Bay of Islands Tropical gardens Waterfall walk”

  1. Jan Roberts says:

    my gosh the colours of those flowers are simply beautiful. I’m with Michael – I can see the dog….. but then I have a very vivid imagination…..

    Happy anniversary!

    • GuestNZ says:

      Many thanks for that Jan. It was a memorable time in such a beautiful sub-tropical environment. BTW, I’m still trying to see the dog.

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