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Northland Places to Visit – Hikurangi Waro Reserve


Spend time wandering around Hikurangi Waro Reserve where wind and rain have shaped vertically carved cliff faces. The reserve is a natural sculptural fantasy. Hikurangi’s former coal mining bush tram site is now a quiet reserve with farmer’s cows watching the occasional visitor wander past. Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve is located on SH1, north of Hikurangi, which lies about 20 minutes drive north of Whangarei.


Hikurangi is a short detour on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway road trip. Hikurangi is a settlement marking the turnover to Tutukaka, ‘wild blue yonder’ and the Poor Knights Island.


Lake Waro karst natural sculpturesLake Waro karst natural sculptures, New Zealand
Lake Waro karst natural sculptures

The reserve walkway is a short easy ½ hour stroll following the former coal bush train tracks.


While the tracks have disappeared the ghost of the bush tracks is still evident in parts.

Where is the Hikurangi Waro Reserve located?



129-141 King Street, Hikurangi 0114, approximately 5 minutes drive from the Hikurangi’s shopping street.


There is parking beside the quarry pool.

Unusual giant limestone rock formations in Castle Hill, South Island New Zealand
Unusual giant limestone rock formations in Castle Hill

For fans of geological weird formations New Zealand is a great place to go exploring. Check out Castlepoint Scenic Reserve. Explore the twisted, gnarly rock forms of Castle Hill, Kura Tawhiti Reserve.


Your imagination is invokes battlements and ghosts lurking among the rocky outcrops. The popular scenic highlight is a mustdo when exploring inland Canterbury.


For visitors short on time the best way to get to Castle Hill Reserve is on a guided tour combined with a thrilling rail journey to Arthurs Pass.


More about Castle Hill


Whangarei is an ideal base for exploring Hikurangi, Tutukaka Coast as well as Bream Bay.




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