Wairere Boulders

Wairere Boulders



13 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

1 Hiking Tours

1 Hokianga



Your soul rocking experience begins here
Marvel about the fantastic basalt rocks
The Basalt boulders have a world unique surface erosion
Refreshing bush pool.


A leisurely stroll (between 40 min to 2 hrs) through world unique, gigantic basalt boulders, composed by erosional remnants of a basalt flow approx. 2.8 mio years old. Unique rock "fluting" due to chemical leeching from acid soils of Kauri forests,

Wairere Boulders, Nature Park, a newly discovered valley of basalt boulders, is one of Northland’s most remarkable ecotourism assets, gaining more and more attention worldwide.
The erosional remnants of this basalt flow dates back around 2.8 million years and is said to be the best known geological formation of its kind. The unusual surface erosion on rocks near Horeke was mentioned in a scientific paper from the 1940s, but not a word about the valley. Now, the valley is easily accessible, thanks to years of backbreaking work by the owners Rita & Felix Schaad. In 1983, when they came from Switzerland, people told them they are “nuts” to buy such rugged and overgrown land. They incidentally discovered the valley while catching goats in the bush. It took them many years to develop the “boulder encounter”. The terrain is so rough that neither bulldozers nor wheel barrows could be used. They built 24 bridges, and a platform and even tunnelled under a rock, dragged the timber through the mud and carried the cement and scoria in buckets.
45 members of the German Geological Society visited the valley in April 2004. They said: We have travelled the world and have never seen anything like this. They said: "We even took pictures to show the German Building Authority the kind of diligence applied on this NZ Nature Park."


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Kieran's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing location and brilliant place to camp with parking and picnic tables. The hosts were incredibly welcoming and friendly! Unbelievable view from atop the "magic boulder" and a glorious little swimming hole within the boulders walk.

Reviewed 13 days ago

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Colm's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant hosts! Really enjoyed the campsite. It was great for star gazing in beautiful surroundings.
The boulders were impressive. Photos don't do them justice! Really interesting reading about how they were formed. Lots to explore including a swimming hole. The gravel road is no problem to drive just take your time and enjoy the views.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Johanna's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

It is a nature path created by a Swiss couple, we paid $15 and it was well worth it. It was nice to walk through a landscape made with so much love. Really, really beautiful.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Elodie's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

It was a cool spot with incredible rocks. Nice walk between the rocks but a little short. A great job was done with this place!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Thomas and Sonja


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice loop walk on private land through unique formed basalt boulders. $15 entrance fee per person.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Daniel Kueuzberger


Ranking: 9/10

Very good place - a must to go and see.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Michi's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

One of the most beautiful places i ever visited. Very nice landscape and a big number of trees, bushes and fern. A well constructed walking path indcluding bridges and stairs runs from the parking space to the plattform with a great overview over the valley. I enjoyed the pure nature and the tranquillity of this wonderful place.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Ranking: 10/10

A 2 hour track following a creak, passing over loat of wooden bridges and stairs! Walking among the native forest of New Zealand, admiring the force of nature, and, finally, the view from the top part of the track with all those boulders, it was amazing!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011