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Waima Valley

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Waima Valley

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Waima Valley is a series of little settlements in the Hokianga.

Get in[edit]

  • From East

You get into the Waima Valley coming from Kaikohe driving west on State Highway 12 (SH 12). You arrive at the first settlement Taheke after 18 km. From there the valley stretches over 17 km to the turn off on SH 12 to Rawene.

  • From West

Leaving from Opononi you reach the turn off to Rawene after 17 km. Keep on SH12 and the Waima Valley starts after passing over the first hill.

  • From North

Coming from Ahipara or Kaitaia you drive South on SH 1, 67 km from Kaitaia to reach the turn off in Rangiahau which is just a junction. Follow the signs to Horeke and continue over the road to Taheke.

Get around[edit]

There is no public transport in the Waima valley, you need your own set of wheels.

See[edit][add listing]

The Tuhirangi Marae and Waima School, directly opposite Waima lodge, are nestled at the base of the sacred, native forest covered slopes of the Waima Ranges. This ancient rainforest covers the entire range of high country between Waima and the Waipoua forest through which you have traveled. These mountains are the highest point of Northland at 780 meters and they dominate the scene as you enter the Waima river valley. The forest park is accessible through a series of tramping tracks suitable for experienced trampers with a good level of fitness and experience. The great attraction of this region is the unique flora & fauna with plants such as the Waima Coprosma, which have only recently been discovered, and rare native birds such as the Kokako and Brown Kiwi. The Waima & Waipoua forest is the last untouched remnant of the great forest that once covered the entire country north of Auckland! Home to a subtribe of the Ngapuhi who call themselves Mahurehure, the people of Waima have occupied the fertile Waima river valley since its discovery by Kupe the great Polynesian navigator over one thousand, two hundred years ago.

Do[edit][add listing]

Wairere Boulders. Among the excellent diversity of activities and attractions in close proximity to Waima are the Wairere boulders, a 20 minute drive deep in the heart of the Hokianga head waters. Wairere boulders feature breathtaking geological features in a canyon of giant basalt boulders. The paths through this natural phenomenon are well maintained and are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness with a new delight for the senses around every corner. Entry is by honesty box for a fee of $10.00 which goes toward the upkeep of this extraordinary Hokianga treasure.

Waima Lodge Heritage Garden is beautifully planted with an astonishing variety of subtropical plants, fruit and nut trees. The beautiful Waima River flows through the property and features a safe swimming hole. There is a unique guided river walk that takes you high into the Waima Forest, historic, secluded, magnificent. Enquire at Waima Lodge [email protected]

Buy[edit][add listing]

Visit the Outpost at Rawene 16 km west of Waima Lodge. The Outpost is the starting point for the "Heart Trail". Lise Strathdee's wonderful gallery features quality works of art, craft and clothing for the discerning buyer looking for something special from this special part of New Zealand.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Goldfish Corner store Cnr S.H. 12 and Waima Valley Road. Heather and Daniel provide very good takeaway meals, and the usual array of good counter foods and fresh real coffee

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Taheke Tavern situated 6 km to the east of Waima Lodge on S.H. 12. A classic New Zealand pub built originally in the days of the kauri gum industry in the 1880s.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Waima Lodge, 2465 SH 12, Waima, Hokianga (in the middle of the settlement of Waima, north side of the road, look out for two huge Phoenix palms), +64 (0)9 405 3808 (), [1]. Intimate luxury boutique lodge. NZ$340 per night for two in summer, NZ$220 winter (includes full breakfast for couple); NZ$190 per night - per single includes full breakfast.  edit

Get out[edit]

Drive to all of Northland's famous scenic attractions from Waima's central location. All of Northland is accessible within 2 hours drive of Waima. Tane Mahuta, Hokianga Harbour, North Cape, Bay of Islands, Kerikeri, etc.

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