The Whangaroa Circuit provided for a wide area and newsletters show that in the 1940s there were services in Kaeo, Kerikeri, Totara North, Omaunu, Matangirau, Te Patunga, Pungaere, Waipapa, and Waiare. The Kerikeri Methodist Church was officially opened on 4 October 1940, after the former Whangaroa Court House had been moved for the purpose onto a prominent place on Kerikeri Road, with the land and funds donated by the Jolly and Little families. This later became the chosen site for the new Kerikeri Union Church.
Presbyterian worship was a late arrival and was being held in Kerikeri by the early 1950s, under the umbrella of the parish centred at Kaikohe. The inaugural meeting of the interim Session for the newly-formed Kerikeri Presbyterian Parish was held on the beach at Paihia on 21 November 1954 at 2pm. Church services were provided in Kerikeri, Paihia, Moerewa, and Kawakawa. A home baptism in the Whangaroa district led to a group forming the first Presbyterian congregation in that district with monthly services in the foyer of the Public Hall. Later, Kaeo services were held in the Anglican church.