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View from the platform down the Wairere Boulder valley towards the Hokianga Harbour.

View across the valley,  at the bottom of the 1.5 km long boulder amassment,  there are many lovely swimming holes and pools among the boulders. Wooden structures lead you safely up the valley. 

The valley sides are filled with scattered boulders,  marked with the unique fluting created by acid soils over 2.8 million years.
Typical fluting decorates all boulders.  The directions are different according to the movements the boulders made during the 2.8 million years
The log bridge that links the two valley sides

Many carefully built constructions allow the visitor to see the boulders safely from a very close distance.
Another view down the valley.                                                                               
View up the valley,                                                                             
The structures lead over deep gaps that can reach up to 15 m,  with a width of only 2.00 m
In some areas the track leads under the boulders,  to experience the might of these rocks.
Boulders are stacked on top of each other in many layers;  not one boulder is similar to another.
The platform and its view down the valley.
Just another combination of boulders.  The valley is very long,  but the boulders are just over the length of about 1,500 metres.
The boulders are framed in beautiful,  pristine native bush with masses of ferns, nikaus and numerous kauris.
You better not be afraid of heights,  otherwise don't look down to see where that gushing sound is coming from.
Duck... or else,  one experiences also the hardness of basalt...  if one is not careful.
View across the valley: some boulders are up to 30 m high.                 
Another view across the boulders:  these are just the smaller ones.
One can touch, kiss, caress or even hit the rocks;  they are that close.
The track leads through mysterious gaps;  who knows what is behind there?
Typical fluting on all boulders,  all created by the acidity in Kauri leaves.