Things to do in Wairoa

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Things to Do in Wairoa

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  • Grant N
    Hastings, New Zealand1,515 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Called in to discuss possible cooperation with our own volunteer group and had a good look around. Peter was an excellent guide and it's obvious that they have a very enthusiastic volunteer group. The presentation of the displays is very good, lots of different items covering a huge range of subjects. A lot of research goes on in the back area and their archives are extremely well organised and looked after. Highly recommend a visit if in the area
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Alex C
    Christchurch, New Zealand39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning scenery, some of the best I’ve seen in my extensive travels in NZ.

    Waioppaoa hut and Waiharuru Hut are excellent, especially Waiharuru. Marauiti Hut is cute but not as nice. Panekiri Hut is very tired and quite dirty and smelly. Toilets at all huts are not the same standard as usual great walks.

    Booking the ferry was difficult but it showed up nice and early and the skipper was very helpful and informative. It seems Tūhoe (the iwi that runs the track) receive far less funding than DOC did when they ran it, so I can see why the maintenance falls short of a usual great walk.

    The track was very muddy but they’ve had a lot of rain this month. There are quite a few sections that would be tricky for anyone a bit unstable on their feet and some bits you’ve really gotta slide down on your bum.

    Dont use any DOC maps or other info as it is very out of date, including the ferry pick up at Whananui which has moved. Whananui and Whanganui are the same place, just different spelling.
    Written 28 January 2023
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  • Daisey_lovers
    Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved the caves although it was hard to find the track initially. The walk was enjoyable, through a scenic track along the property. The caves had a staircase down into them. Caving equipment is essential.
    Written 16 July 2017
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  • Vic1972
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very intimidating first impression.

    As a visitor to the area, a protocol more intimidating than the marae's cast a reality of consequence should 'ways' be abused. And yet there is not two that exist but one.

    Misguided by stories and 'impressions', I had the privilege of seeing 'the people'. Grateful and humbled by the unity, strength and family values within.

    I thank all that I have met there for the experience.

    R.I.P Dion Campbell
    Written 13 April 2023
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  • Jan L
    Wairoa6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a lovely spot to look out to sea, there is a picnic table to sit at and the area has been cleared for parking. You can see where the old wharf was and it is a great view from Pilot Hill. It is also where the river mouth from Wairoa, meets the sea.
    Written 22 January 2018
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  • Wagaitwag
    Northland Region, New Zealand427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The staff on duty provided us with a wealth of information, and were enthusiastic about the region, a great asset.
    Written 24 March 2018
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  • Brian J
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfortunately the gallery looks like closing as the grants have dried up. This is a gallery of local artists and it ranges through paintings , sculpture and pottery that is a pleasure to wander through.
    Written 22 July 2018
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  • Fergus P
    Christchurch, New Zealand160 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just on the outskirts of the picturesque riverside township of Wairoa lies this 2.5 hectare country garden and orchard - framed by a beautiful backdrop of large deciduous trees. This hedge-enclosed garden features garden rooms of topiary, roses, perennials, willow art, pottery and a kai (edible) garden - this garden has been created from bare ground with loving care and transports you to another world as you wander through a sea of blooms and scents. Keith and Kaye also sell some plants, including fantastic lemon grass plants - so if you are a chef with a need for great lemon grass - this is the place to visit!
    Written 28 December 2015
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  • Grant N
    Hastings, New Zealand1,515 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made the side trip to see the falls. Confluence of two rivers through a gorge - very good after rain but interesting regardless. Apart from the falls and some information boards there's not a lot to see - but it's quiet, peaceful and the road is through NZ back country so quite interesting and scenic. The old viewing platform appears to have been removed (presumably for safety's sake but a good view is still available as well as a view from the bridge on the road - very little traffic so pretty safe - but still keep an eye on the children. Worth a visit for the scenery and the history
    Written 22 March 2017
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  • Jeff B
    Brentwood, UK709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As part of our Lake Waikaremoana day we finished with a drive and then a two hour walk to this place. It was a lovely walk and it finished on the lake shore at an information hut with boat launching facilites. The place was deserted. The water was crystal clear and surrounded by forest. It was a very hot day and simply magnificent. Go if you can
    Written 13 April 2020
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  • 500Chris500
    Wellington, New Zealand172 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's years since I have been in Wairoa. I was thrilled with the transformation of the Wairoa River Walkway. The scattering of tables and seating, fresh paint and well laid out walkway made it a delight. Enjoyed the Portland Lighthouse display and the local historical information boards. I think the Council( or whoever was responsible) should be proud of what they have achieved
    Written 12 February 2020
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  • shelzaAuckland
    Auckland, New Zealand123 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Although you wouldn't normally see a lighthouse on the corner of a roundabout, it did peak our interest. Great information shared. Right below it is a great playground and toilets, so you have kids in tow, you need to stop here.
    Written 5 January 2021
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  • Adara A
    Wellington, New Zealand66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great cinema. Wasn’t busy but should be as it’s such a lovely venue. Hope they will be there always.
    Written 8 January 2021
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  • louisehQ1632FR
    Napier, New Zealand25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely shop and happy staff. Lots of variety of things to look at and buy. Sells flowers as well as gifts.
    Written 10 January 2020
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