About This Station

This station is situated on the outskirts of Kerikeri, about 4km to the north of the township itself.

The station is powered by a 'Davis Vantage Pro 2 Plus' weather station. The data is collected every few seconds and the site is updated continuously. This site and its data is collected using Weather Display Software. The station is comprised of an anemometer, a rain gauge, solar and UV sensors, and a thermo-hydro sensor situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible. The anemometer is approx 15m above ground level, and 10m above the ridge.
The lightning radar is about 9m above ground level and the webcam is about 15m above ground.

About This Area

Kerikeri is a town on an inlet of the Bay of Islands. In 2006 the population was 5,856. Known as the ‘fruit bowl of the north’, it has sheltered orchards and market gardens. First planted in the 1920s, they produce citrus, kiwifruit, tamarillos, macadamia nuts and a variety of vegetables and flowers. Vineyards have developed, along with restaurants. Today the town is also notable for its diverse cultural activities – arts and crafts, drama and music – which are presented at an annual festival. Visitors are drawn to both the town and to its historic enclave that straddles the tidal Kerikeri River.

The Kerikeri basin is dominated by a renowned Maori site, Kororipo pa. Around the 1770s Maori of the Ngai Tawake tribe defended the site as their outlet to the sea. In the 1820s Nga Puhi war chief Hongi Hika used the pa as the mustering place for his canoes and warriors before they launched devastating raids on other tribes. A shrewd strategist, Hongi made nearby land available for a Church Missionary Society (CMS) station. He intended to use the mission to secure European weapons and other skills to further his war aims. By 1827, however, Hongi and many of his followers had moved on, leaving Kerikeri to the missionaries.

In 1819 a group of missionaries from the first CMS mission station near Rangihoua pa began building and planting at Kerikeri. One of the relics of their occupation is the mission house of 1821–22 – New Zealand’s oldest wooden building. Another is the nearby Stone Store, built in 1832–36 as a storehouse, granary and trading post. Made of volcanic rock and Sydney sandstone, this is the oldest stone building in the country.

Europeans acquired land in the district from the 1840s. By the late 1890s much of it was a sheep and cattle station, owned by T. C. Williams, a son of the missionary Henry Williams. The station passed through several owners until purchased in 1927 by George Alderton who established the North Auckland Land Development Corporation. Subdivided as orchard and forestry lots, the land was taken up by British colonial families from China and India as well as by New Zealanders, who laid the foundation for Kerikeri’s present horticultural industry.

Growth was boosted in the 1990s by new residents from overseas as well as New Zealand, attracted by the pleasant location and way of life. They have given the town a prosperous flavour but also make it less like the rest of Northland. In 2001, 91.3% of Kerikeri’s population was European, compared with 42–43% in neighbouring Kaikohe and Kawakawa.

Thanks to Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

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