Wairere Boulders, Horeke

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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. To visit Wairere Boulders on your trip to Horeke, use our Horeke trip builder.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • Went to Wairere Boulders on our way through to see Tane Mahuta and as we didn't realise that the walk took as long as it did, we didn't go. However the lovely owner, a Swiss chap whose name I can't re...  read more »
  • little secreat. stunning walk a good afternoon is required. do take your water and maybe if you want to have a bite to eat this would be a nice place to carry a picnic into. fabulous views and amazing...  read more »
  • Arrived rather late in the afternoon and certainly regret we had not gotten there earlier. Snowy (the owner) is very welcoming and even went out of way to help may man who needed a stick to walk throu...  read more »
  • Hi rita and felix its me edward your grandson
  • we drove to the boulders not knowing what to expect.we were greeted by Felix (the man who discovered these rare boulders) the minute we got out of the car.An absolute gentleman who explained to us all about the process of basalt rock,how it is formed and how this sight is so unusual.after a lovely chat to Felix( I could have stayed chatting to him all day-such an interesting life story) we entered the woods to go see the forest where the boulders lay.The forest itself is enchanting with pathways and bridges made by felix himself making the walk around it accessible for everyone.The boulders of basalt are just an extremely interesting perk in this gorgeous magical forest.If coming off the beaten track and discovering unique wonderous places are for you this will be a great 15 doller spend.100% worth the drive,100% worth supporting such a lovely family and their very unique discovery.
  • Fascinating place, very enthusiastic hosts and a great way to spend a couple of hours.
  • This is a very exceptional place! I've been in Wairere Boulders twice with my family and friends and both times all of us were very impressed of the beauty of this nature gem! The owners, Felix and Rita, are very nice and friendly people. They have done great job to build safely paths, bridges and lookouts. They created a very interesting program to entertain kids by searching images in boulders. I recommend to every one to come there and to walk around. Wonderful views, fresh air and some exercises will gift you some more extra minutes in your life. When I will travel close to this place I will visit it again.
  • Our family has been visiting the Wairere Boulders for many years. We love the walk and all age groups from three years up have had fun and a great days enjoyment. The walk up to the platform look out takes a couple of hours and lovely places to picnic and relax. We have always found Rita and Felix to be welcoming and most friendly. Friends from over seas have loved the walk and really impressed.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 3​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 3​h 30​m