Wairere Boulders

Wairere Boulders


17 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

8 Hiking Tours

2 Hokianga

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A private Nature Reserve with really cool rocks! Walks from 40 minutes to 3 ours take you under, over and around the unique boulder formations, and through the pristine bush. Campsite and B&B on site, cafe open weekends and holidays.

The Wairere Boulders is a private Nature Reserve on the Hokianga Harbour. In our beautifully preserved bush, walks take you around the boulder flow, to the swimming hole, then up the hill to the Magic Rock; where there are stunning views over the Hokianga. Walks take between 40 minutes and 3 hours, most of the tracks are well formed but walking shoes are recommended especially for the Magic Rock walk in Winter.

The Boulders are thought to originate from a series of volcanic eruptions on the East coast of New Zealand 2.8 million years ago. Over millennia the lava flow broke up into huge chunks and gradually rolled down the hillside. Our Northland bush has many plants and trees that are high in Tannic acid, when the rain falls in the bush, the water is turned mildly acidic and this has caused the very unusual fluting of the basalt boulders. The resulting rock formations are truly awesome, and the carefully crafted and maintained walkways take you on a unique tramping experience.

There is a small cafe on site, open weekends, holidays and by arrangement; serving coffee, teas, cakes, ice creams and cold drinks.

Kayak hire is available, you can kayak up the Wairere Stream between the Boulders then go down through the wetland and mangroves all the way to the Harbour.

The low impact campsite is located near the park entrance and gives visitors the chance to be in harmony with nature and fall asleep listening to the Moreporks and staring up at the clearest skies in the world.

We have a 1 bedroom bach, sleeping 3, where we offer Bed & Breakfast.


Feature Value Info


Wairere Boulders

Commercial organisation


North IslandNorthlandHokianga


  • Basic Camping
  • Hiking Tours

Operating Season And Hours

Walks are open every day from Dawn until 2 hours before sunset.
Campsite and B&B open year round.
Cafe open weekends and holidays or by arrangement.


Showing 8 reviews of 17.

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing place! Such a cool property to go exploring on. Love how they have added all the little funny things to find along the walk. Super nice star gazing at night to top it off. Facilities are basic but clean with a flushing toilet. The Scottish owner was super friendly giving us a bowl full of eggs. Highly recommended for a night or 2

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Sarah Coughlan

Ranking: 9/10

Loved the walk up to magic Rock and the lookout. Gorgeous native bush, stream and river swimming opportunities.
We camped here, fresh water and toilets provided, very friendly, relaxed and welcoming staff.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Backpack On Fire

Ranking: 10/10

You must go here! This place is incredible. Not only can you come for the day but they have paid camping as well, which we highly recommend. Great toilets, filtered water, a cute cafe on site and a range of farm animals. The walk up to magic rock is well worth it. Also be sure to find the swimming hole and cool off after your hike. The owners are extremely friendly. Incredible family run business that you must check out.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mathilda Sörvik

Ranking: 10/10

Really great place to stay a night and to walk the tracks. It was super genuine and the hosts were great, welcoming and very very firendly!

Truly recommend to everyone!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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 over 2 years 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 about 3 years ago

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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 almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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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 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015