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“Interesting ramble, but requires some clambering”
Review of Wairere Boulders

Wairere Boulders
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Horeke
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Owner description: 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.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Interesting ramble, but requires some clambering”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Much history & info at start point and on signs at various points around. Access is via gravel road (rather than sealed).

Visited December 2012
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Summit Track not for the 'Not so Fit'.”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

The entrance fee is $15 and the bathroom facilities are very basic.The Boulder Loop track is quite gentle and could be completed by most ages however the Summit Walk should not be attempted by anyone carrying an old injury as was my case. I queried the owner who said the climb was not difficult. This was not the case as it requires the walker to clamber over piles of stones, crawl on hands & knees through a small space and opening between two large boulders and the track is quite a steep gradient. The views at the end, in my opinion, did not add up to the effort involved in getting there. Yes there was a view of the boulders tumbling down the hillside but the promised views of the Hokianga Harbour were very disappointing, as all you could see were some tidal mudflats.

Visited January 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A fantastic adventure in the forest”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We had a great time exploring the amazing boulders and formations along an impressive stream. As it had just rained the night before, the stream provided a very impressive sight!

It is off the beaten track (about 14km on gravel road) but well worth the visit - its' remoteness adds to the adventure and charm.

The walk is easy to do assuming you are able bodied. Anyone of any fitness can do it. Kids will be fine but just may need a helping hand on one or two spots. They will love it - dragon's caves to walk through, boulders to go underneath. A great kids spot (of all ages).

I wish we had taken a picnic with us so we could spend more time exploring.

Dogs are not allowed (their safety also as there is rat poisening around).

Fee is $15 per adult, $10 per student, $5 per child. A little bit high perhaps but the owners have done everything themselves and preserved the land without any support so they deserve it.

Definitely not suitable for elderly (unless very sprightly!) and disabled persons. No Wheelchair access.

Plenty of safe parking.

Visited December 2012
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Awe Inspiring”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

A wonderful place to visit. Unique in the World. It takes your breath away. We have been several times and never get tired of it. It is suitable for children as long as they are well controlled. You need a reasonable level of fitness.

Visited May 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice walk in pretty area”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

We wen't to this very beautiful area, and enjoyed it. It is not at all stroller friendly, but fine for infant backpack.

Very interesting rock formations, excellent photography spot. Very quiet, nice change from hustle and bustle of paihia.

Visited September 2012
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