Come and explore the unique environment of the Wairere Boulders, a private nature reserve with amazing rock formations that are world unique. On our tranquil farm we offer visitors a chance to experience walking trails through the bush and the Wairere boulder valley, visitors can get up close to nature and discover these amazing rock formations which exist due to a unusual and very specific set of circumstances that started 2.8 million years ago, and continue to this day.
When the days are hot you can take a dip in our bush pool swimming hole or hire a kayak and paddle through the valley and out into the Hokianga Habour. You can start or end your walk with coffee and cake or a cold drink at the cafe, and if you have a self contained camper van you can even experience this tranquil oasis overnight.
Wairere Boulders exhibit an internationally unique geological phenomenon. The rocks originally sat under ancient Kauri forest; and when rain falls through Kauri bush it becomes mildly acidic. Millions of years of gentle erosion by this rain resulted in the amazing rock formations we see today. Nowhere else on earth are basalt rocks carved by nature in this way.
There are a network of walking tracks up and down the boulder valley. Routes take from 1-3 hours, depending on how far you want to adventure. Walking shoes are recommended.
The Boulder Loop – leads over bridges, boardwalks and stairs, under and over the boulders along the valley floor and is an easy 40 minute- 1 hour walk. Search for our Boulder Beasts and fairy doors along the way and take a detour through the Dragon cave. A side walk through the Nikau forest leads you to our swimming hole, where you are welcome to stop for a dip. Get the kids to keep a look out for the forbidden animal along the way.
The Lookout Track – takes you up the side of the valley and through the bush, climbing behind the boulders as you walk up to the viewpoint. The bush walk is rich with a diverse selection of New Zealand native flora and when you reach the top, a spectacular view awaits you. Up here the boulders are vast and the river runs far down beneath them. The rocks appear like giant stepping stones leading all the way back to the Hokianga habour. Walking time is 40 minutes to 1 hour.
The Magic Rock Tramp – marks the top of the farm and the site of the original lava flow. It is the only part of that flow not to have rolled down the hill. For the fit and energetic you can hike all the way to the Magic rock for a spectacular view of the Hokianga habour that stretches to the Panguru sand dunes. Allow a good 1.5-2 hours for this hike.
Bush Swimming Hole – Take a break during your walk to dip your feet, or more, into the Wairere Stream, and have a true forest pool, swimming experience, found on a side track off the Boulder Loop.
Now you can rent kayaks at Wairere Boulders and experience the valley in a completely different way. Two hours either side of high tide you can set off and kayak up the valley between the boulders, then head out towards the Hokianga harbour through the mangroves. There are lots of distractions along the way; from wildlife to sneaky side streams and boulders just asking to be jumped off. You can even kayak all the way to the Horeke Tavern for lunch and we’ll pick you up and bring you and the kayaks back.
Our Boulder Cafe, opened in December 2017, serves tired trail walkers the finest Northland coffee and fresh home-baking. Every day cakes, biscuits and tray bakes are made here on the farm. So whether you need a pick me up before your walk or a boost aftewards the boulder cafe has a great choice of fresh baking. We serve Max filter coffee, roasted here in Kerikeri, Northland, and a selection of teas. We offer free refills with all our hot drinks. If you’re looking for something cool instead of a hot coffee, we also serve water, orange juice and Taha; a locally made tonic containing Ginger, Manuka honey and Kawakawa, picked nearby in the Puketi forest. We always have hot drink and baking options for vegans, lactose free, and gluten free diets.
We cannot guarantee nut free options due to the small size of our kitchen and potential for contact between foodstuffs.
We are in the process of upgrading our facilities for campers. Soon you will be able to access the paddock next to the Wairere Stream to spend the night. At present self contained campervans can use our parking area and stay overnight for free if you have paid to visit the Boulders. Additional nights are charged at $10/night.
Adults: $15 pp Child: $5 Families: $35
N.B. Pre-booking is not required when visiting the Wairere Boulders. We are open all year, last entry is 2 hours before sunset. At busy times we are fully open and EFTPOS/Credit cards are accepted at the cafe. In quiet times, the walkway is still open and the old honesty box will take cash.