We have opened our Hokianga valley to tourism, see the Newest Wonder of the World
The total area is 144 ha (356 acres):
About 80 ha (200 acres) are fenced and at present used as pasture for cattle and goats. This area can be used for any other activity like sheep, or forestry, or....
About 64 ha (156 acres) are in native bush and are protected under the Resource Management Act as 'National Significant Wood Lot'. It is full of wildlife like wood pigeons, kiwis, etc. and rare species of plants are growing there.
The Wairere Valley has its own micro climate, which is very mild
and relatively dry compared to the surrounding places. It is sheltered from harsh
winds and the heavy rainfall normally coming from the east of the island.
The very early history of New Zealand started in the Hokianga. One of the earliest settlements were in the Wairere Valley and even a little place called WAIRERE is still to be found on older maps. Since then the buildings have disappeared. Our cottage is one of the oldest 'farm houses' in the area and has kept its lovely cosy look. The site of the oldest timber mill can be found on the river flat, and remnants of a flume taking the water to the water wheel can still be seen in the Boulder Valley of the Wairere creek.
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