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“Great even in the rain”
Review of Wairere Boulders

Wairere Boulders
Ranked #1 of 3 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.
Reviewed January 23, 2018

It rained, we got wet but we walked the whole thing. It's not a simple stroll more a difficult walk with some tight corners and steep climbs. We loved it and were in awe of these giant rocks in the middle of nowhere. So picturesque and a different scene at every turn. The path was well signed and easy to follow although tight. Plenty of wild birds to look out for along the way. The owners have posted interesting facts throughout the trail especially with regard to the kouri trees. Make the time, it's worth it.

Thank BoaterTony
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TeamBoulder, Owner at Wairere Boulders, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

So pleased you enjoyed your visit despite the weather. The Boulders are at their most dramatic in the wet!

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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

A hidden gem that is well worth heading off the beaten track for. Metal roads for the last bit but good condition. Walking shoes recommended. A well manicured path through the bush that goes around, over and under these massive boulders. We completed all the tracks just because it was so interesting. A bit of climbing but completely doable if your not in a rush if your fitness is low. Perhaps take a water bottle in warmer weather. Enjoy this little piece of paradise.

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TeamBoulder, Owner at Wairere Boulders, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

So glad you had an interesting visit and took the time to explore all the tracks, thanks for the review.

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Wairere Boulders site is privately owned. It cost $15 per adult. There was reductions for families ( $35), and seniors. It is worth the money. There is ample car parking. The site is down an unmade up road. We saw a huge bird of prey (x2) on the track, eating a road kill.

Allow at least 2 hours. The walking is a little tricky- climbs, stairs, squeezes through narrow gaps- great walking. Not suitable for push chairs. There is an opportunity for a swim in the river's pool.

The paths and well maintained and sign posted. There are interesting labels to trees and information en route. The view from the lookout ( 1 hour up and a little less to return) is superb and well advised.

Nowhere else have a seen basalt eroded by acidic water. The rock formations are quite unique ( similar to limestone erosion). There is a small cave, and areas of stooping to keep on the path.

On a very wet day the path may flood- try to go there when it is dry.
We had the place to ourselves, however I am told it can get quite busy .

The owner has education material to read on the walls of the entrance about the fauna
and flora, and the geology. There is plenty to see on the walk, and in addition children can follow the paths and look for the various animal shaped rocks.

You can get simple refreshments at the entrance/exit.
I believe camper van accommodation is provided free if you wish to stay overnight.
The last admission is 2 hours before closure.

This is one of the best bush walks we have undertaken in New Zealand, and this is our 5th time visiting from the UK.

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TeamBoulder, Owner at Wairere Boulders, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2018

Thank you so much for you indepth review, I am delighted that you had such an enjoyable visit.

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Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

Unique landscape. Well worth a visit. Entry fee includes overnight accommodation in self contained motor home. Very quiet site for an overnight stay. Delicious baking at the cute caravan coffee shop

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Reviewed January 4, 2018

This gem although a little off the beaten track, is a must do if your in the area and have a couple of hours free. Recently under new management, we enjoyed coffee and cake before we made our way onto the walk.
The walk itself was great, good footwear is a must as your walking over rocks part of the time. The lake is very nice and picturesque we unfortunately ran out of time so didn't get up to the viewing platform which is approx 2hr round walk.

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