With the slogan attributed to a visiting backpacker - "So nice, they named it twice" - Kerikeri is a small town and popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland. With a population of 6,500 it is the largest town in Northland New Zealand. Known for its laid back, beach-oriented lifestyle, it is favored by many British retirees. Kerikeri was the site of the first permanent mission station in the country, and has some of the most historic buildings in the country. This area on the Bay of Islands is a subtropical region for horticulture. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia: The Kerikeri Mission Station with the Stone Store at the left, St James at the rear, and Mission House on the right by Pseudopanax and Wikipedia in the public domain, photo of the historic pear tree, the oldest fruit tree in New Zealand, and still bears fruit, by Wikipedia and Moriori in the public domain.