The Wairere Boulders can be found near Horeke in New Zealand’s far Northland. Our family decided to take a detour on our way from Omepare to Paihia but this is not the easiest place to reach. There is a curvy gravel road leading into the carpark.
The Wairere Bounders were highlighted on my map as a top place to see so we went for it. Plus it gave us an excuse to stretch our legs for a couple hours before continuing on to our next destination. My advice would be to bring plenty of water and snacks with you on the walk (or at least eat before arriving). We were not prepared at all for a walk with no water or food. The drive to the next town takes a bit too!
The Wairere Boulder Nature Park located on private land owned by Felix and Rita Schaad was opened as a tourist site allowing visitors an up-close look at these eroded basalt rocks. According to their website, Felix used his civil engineering experience to help him design all the walkways, bridges, ramps and a platform along the trail.
Felix was onsite upon our arrival and gave us a little bit of information about the history of the land. He is an extremely nice Swiss man that emigrated to New Zealand many years ago. Tourists looking for more detailed information regarding these rare boulders and land history can check out their website : Wairere Boulders. This would be a dream place for someone studying geology!
The picture with Andrew and the girls standing on the bridge is one of my favorite pictures to date.
The Boulder Loop navigates through the Wairere Valley running alongside the Wairere River. The walkways are well defined and easy enough for my two and six year old to come along. With the small ones and lots of photography stops, the walk took us roughly two hours to complete (without walking to the lookout platform). The website says 40 minutes for basic loop so could be done faster without small children.
There are a couple short side paths that we did explore: Dragon’s Cave Loop and Bush Pool. They are both quick detours (about 10 minutes each) but worth the extra time. The reviews highly recommended doing the extra hour return to the platform overlooking the valley. This was not possible for us due to not being prepared with water/snacks. Other than these unique rocks, you will find diverse plant life to observe throughout the lush forest.
This was a unique experience we had not expected on our trip to the Northland. I suggest if you are in the area to have a look for yourself!