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Wairere Boulders

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Address: 70 McDonnell Road | Hokianga Harbour, Horeke 0475, New Zealand
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+64 9-401 9935
08:00 - 19:00
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Walks from 30 min to 2 hrs. through a scramble of eroded basalt rocks,...

Walks from 30 min to 2 hrs. through a scramble of eroded basalt rocks, leading through subtropical rainforest, over 24 wooden structures up to a viewing platform. The Wairere Boulders have been classed as an ONF (Outstanding Natural Feature (worldwide). It is in the New Zealand Geopreservation Inventory classed as: Internationally significant ...... the most accentuated fluting on basalt rock worldwide. Also the Wairere Boulders have been voted best place in Northland by AA voters in 2012.

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Truly Natural Bush Walk In Unique Basalt Rock Area

It's a fairly long side trip over a winding road that includes a dusty gravel section, but it is absolutely worth visiting the Wairere Boulders. The trail is not accesible for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a fairly long side trip over a winding road that includes a dusty gravel section, but it is absolutely worth visiting the Wairere Boulders. The trail is not accesible for people with reduced mobility (having some steep stairway sections and narrow trails), but it is a truly natural bush walk. The owners have kept it as close to natural... More 

Thank CanuckKiwi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Our visit to the boulders surpassed expectations. Very friendly chat with the owner to start with, the area has clearly been opened up with a lot of passion and no small amount of effort. The end result is a great way to spend a couple of hours. The boulders themselves are interesting but the diversity of vegetation in the bush... More 

Thank Peter A
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

We have travelled past the signpost for this attraction many times over the years without a second thought. So pleased we decided to take a look this time. It's well worth the windy road to get there. We were given a map by host Felix, that has a children's list of things to look for (crocodile, dinosaur etc.) I also... More 

Thank Paddles2014
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

An easy walk across a man-made path though a series of outcrops and boulders made of basalt sitting on clays. A unique geological structure. The rocks are eroded (flutted) as a result of the decomposition of acidic trees. A bit of an effort to get to but certainly interesting. Make sure to take food and water, not necessarily because the... More 

Thank d-milne_writer
WairereBouldy, Manager at Wairere Boulders, responded to this review

Dear Visitor, we are sorry that you missed us, but we are just a elderly couple now, and cannot spend 9 hrs a day at our InfoShed. But we have a large display in the Shed and you can find movies featuring us on our website. We encourage you to view our extensive website. Kind regards Felix & Rita More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This attraction was recommended by the host of the place we were staying and it was worth the trip. It was a 40 minute drive from Rawene where we were staying, and a gravel road for about the last 10kms. We were greeted by the woman who along with her husband had built the bridges and walkways through their land... More 

Thank Monique S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We only found out about this by reading a regional guide book. Yes - a bit off the beaten track but spectacular and we should have allowed more than an hour to walk one of the longer tracks. Need to be fit and not afraid of clambering

Thank Jane P
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Was disappointed. Was quite expensive for what it was. While I do appreciate the work and enthusiasm, even though I enjoy walks - and this was a short and easy one - this isn't one I'd recommend going out of your way for.

Thank Alison B
Legazpi, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We had a lovely time wandering through the amazing rock formations and reading the information in the little centre. Unfortunately there was nobody on hand to provide any anecdotal details.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

A very quiet walk through spectacular rock formations. A little bit off the beaten track but well worth it. Well priced. Great experience.

Thank KaussieAK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

We could stay with our Campervan on the parking spot of the area. Felix told everything about the area. He and his wife litterally build the path with stairs and everything through the park. The was really well build and had some adventurous obstacles. For 15 Nzd we could stay there overnight(incl good toilets) and entrance in to the park.... More 

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