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Wairere Boulders

70 McDonnell Road | Hokianga Harbour, Horeke 0475, New Zealand
+64 9-401 9935
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Not worth the time to get there

I read about the boulders and it sounded like an interesting place to visit. Unless you are really... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2017
vancouver island
Well worth the trip

Don't be put off by a few kilometres of gravel road as you get close to on this unique bush walk... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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70 McDonnell Road | Hokianga Harbour, Horeke 0475, New Zealand
+64 9-401 9935
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

I read about the boulders and it sounded like an interesting place to visit. Unless you are really interested in rocks it wasn't worth the drive down the gravel road to get there. I appreciate all the work that has gone into this area but...More

1  Thank VancouverIslandSamW
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Don't be put off by a few kilometres of gravel road as you get close to on this unique bush walk - it's well worth the journey if you're in the general area; we travelled over from Paihia and really glad we did. This is...More

Thank wundabar
Reviewed 6 March 2017

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...More

Thank CanuckKiwi
Reviewed 24 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...More

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 18 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,...More

Thank Paddles2014
Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank d-milne_writer
WairereBouldy, Manager at Wairere Boulders, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2017

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...More

Reviewed 10 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...More

Thank Monique S
Reviewed 1 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...More

Thank Jane P
Reviewed 31 December 2016 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
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.

1  Thank Christopher P
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