Dear travel editor, 

Don't miss your chance to experience the breathtaking Wairere Boulders in Hokianga. This acclaimed Northland tourism site has new features open this summer!!!

 What the "Sunday Star-Times" said about Wairere Boulders: "A staggering new eco-tourism venture in the Wairere Valley. The bush-fringed walk and views from the platforms and bridges are astounding."

What the "The Dominion" said about Wairere Boulders: "The Wairere Boulders, a hidden geological wonder near Horeke in the ruggedly beautiful Far North."

What "Walking New Zealand" said about Wairere Boulders: "Hidden among the lush vegetation in this subtropical native bush of this ancient valley are untold gigantic rocks piled upon each other in this pristine wilderness."  

What are the Wairere Boulders?  

The "Wairere Boulders Encounter" opened last summer, finally allowing access to a hidden geological wonder in the ruggedly beautiful Far North. Located near Horeke, in one of New Zealand's most historically important valleys, Wairere Boulders is set to join the ranks of the country's top eco-tourist attractions.

Fringed by spectacular native forest, thousands of massive basalt boulders, some towering up to 30 metres, march like a prehistoric army frozen in time for over a kilometer down the Wairere Valley toward the Hokianga Harbour. Deeply etched markings in the boulders, or fluting, is the result of chemical leaching from the acid soils of ancient Kauri forests.

Scientists say this 2.8 million year old geological formation is unique in the world. Wairere is the world's only basalt boulder valley of such a remarkable size and with such extensive fluting of the rock.

Two beautiful walking tracks complete with wooden steps, stairs, bridges and a viewing platform have been built on either side of the Wairere stream, the site of the first water driven timber mill in New Zealand. After 19 years in the Wairere Valley, the owners, Felix and Rita Schaad, have built the walkways to allow all New Zealanders and tourists to experience this natural wonder.

  New at Wairere this summer: 

See the Wairere Boulders for yourself: 

Rita and Felix invite you to come to Hokianga and experience Wairere Boulders. They will guide you on walkways which took them over two years to construct, explain the history of the valley and welcome you with genuine Northland hospitality. They extend an offer to you to stay a night in the historic cottage at Wairere Valley.

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 Wairere Boulders - A uniquely New Zealand experience !