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Review of Wairere Boulders

Wairere Boulders
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Horeke
Certificate of Excellence
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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 23 August 2013 via mobile

Gigantic boulders and rocks that have tumbled down a mountain into the valley but what's strange is there's no mountain so how did they get there?. A bit off the track but worth the effort with lovely walks that children can do. Admission comes with a map.

2  Thank Horoeka
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Long gravel road to get there but well worth it. If you enjoy a good ramble through native flora, you will enjoy this. It is cash only and there is an honesty box there if Felix the owner isn't there. Wear flat sturdy shoes and take a picnic. There are some structured walkways, bridges etc but be prepared to climb up and downs boulders too. Also found all the "animals" listed on the fact sheet, bit of a laugh.
There are toilets available.

4  Thank Charmaine182
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WairereBouldy, Owner at Wairere Boulders, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2013

Dear Charmaine,
thank you for your review, it is always great to hear people enjoying our place.
But your comment about climbing up and down boulders is misleading. Nor do you need climbing shoes or hooks and ropes to walk our boulders. Normal physical condition and light sneakers are sufficient for most people to walk the tracks.

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Reviewed 3 July 2013

You have to search out this place as it is not on a main road. If friends had not told us about it we would not have known to go there.
Felix the property owner greeted us and gave us a detailed explanation of how the boulders came about.
We were so lucky to have a brilliant sunny winters day. The walk was truly fascinating - not appropriate for elderly people as some of the tracks are quite tricky and you literally have to crawl under some of the boulders - all part of the fun.
It is truly a magical place that I will recommend to friends, family and guests heading north. The entrance fee is $15 and you need cash (well worth it). Don't forget your camera as there are some magical spots for photos.

4  Thank MatakanaCL
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

Tucked away off the main state highway 12, near Hokianga, [North island], New Zealand. You will find a nature trail incorporating awe inspiring prehistoric rock formations and fantastic flora. The trail is well laid out and maintained to a good standard, that adults and children alike can traverse safely. Sadly we only found out about the trail through 'word of mouth' from another holidaymaker, as it would appear the site is not currently supported financially or otherwise by any National Trust department. Maybe this review will go some way to alter this!
Participants should be aware that there are toilets at the trail's entrance, and a picnic area, however there are no refreshment facilities, so you will need to bring your own provisions. Well worth the effort, and don't forget your camera!

4  Thank VictorianGent
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

Had a wonderful time here. Amazing walk amongst massive basalt boulders and then up to the viewing platform from where the view was wonderful looking down the valley and riverbed. Was given a very informative talk about how they came to be there by Felix first. Most interesting even if you're not a geologist.
Top tip - this is not a walk for flip flops/jandals/thongs* delete as appropriate. Good footwear is needed for the footpath. Highly recommended

5  Thank Karen E
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