The Kerikeri Basin, in Northland, comprises land surrounding the Kerikeri River where it flows into the Kerikeri Inlet.
The authentic heritage elements within this landscape are a unique cluster of Maori and Christian missionary contact period places and structures, including Kororipo pa (fortified settlement) and associated sites, the Kororipo whirlpool, the Kerikeri Mission Station (Mission House and Stone Store), and other archaeological sites within the Basin and its waterways.
Visitor Solutions was contracted by the Historic Places Trust, Iwi, Department of Conservation and the Far North District Council to carry out a large-scale feasibility and concept development study to protect and minimise threats to these heritage areas. Key project research components included the evaluation of visitor flows, visitor experience and interpretation, and visitor projections. The key development components included the evaluation of operational costs, carrying capacity, revenue maximisation, historic asset protection, and new facility development and transportation issues.