Wairere Boulders, Horeke

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Marvel at the geological phenomenon at Wairere Boulders, an agglomeration of thousands of huge basalt boulders in Wairere Valley. As you trek the hiking trails through the valley, examine the boulders for signs of erosion and try to spot the largest one. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking shoes with good traction. Although the trail is equipped with railings, ramps, and steps, some visitors find the gravel tricky to walk on. Various trails are offered, but longer options may include climbing over or ducking under boulders. Opt to take a tour by the owners (a couple that bought the land and then later discovered its fascinating geology); they'll explain the formation and science of the boulders. Use our Horeke trip planning app to add Wairere Boulders and other attractions to your Horeke vacation plans.
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  • Visited on a warm sunny autumn day. Had put off visit two days before in the face of steady rain - which proved wise. You don’t have to be a mountain goat to get there but the track includes rocks roo...  more »
  • Was great walking along the well marked tracks, climbing steps etc. Very scenic. Friendly, happy owners. After a couple of hours walking had a lovely coffee and cheezy koru with pannecotta - yum, yum....  more »
  • Love. Love. Love. This is a must see!! If you like exploring and the unexpected then you NEED to go here!! I don’t have enough good things to say about the place...mind blowing. You’re free to wander ...  more »
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  • We took a group of 25 students year 5-8 there and the majority of them were blown away by the walk and scenery. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to also fit in the lookout. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it. Loved having the question sheets and the children really enjoyed finding the pixie doors and answering the other questions. Highly recommend it and I would love on a return trip to try the kayaking as well.
  • Well marked track with lots of info on the way. Highly recommended
  • This is off the beaten part. Well worth joining it with a lunch at the Horeke tavern. Really unbelievable pile of rocks. Good explanations of the geology and some plant info. It is worth the hike to the overlook. You can camp there for free if you are paying to hike.
  • Very pleasant walk through the boulders, kayaks are available for hire with a number of options available
  • We had a terrific walk. This is a quintessential Kiwi type experience. None to flash, a bit risky in some places if one is not paying attention but this walk up a river valley through native bush on the beautifully constructed well posted pathways, with many informative signs is a grand adventure exciting the senses, imagination and spirit. Thanks so much folks for an unforgettable and lovely afternoon. Please don't change a thing.
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