Just north or Whangarei, on the northern side of SH1 past Hikurangi, lies the fascinating Waro Limestone Reserve walkway. If you park in the reserve entrance off King St, you can follow an easy 2.2km walkway, which includes the perimeter of a small lake and the main Waro limestone formations. Alternatively park in the carpark on SH1 adjacent to “The Rock Man” and circumnavigate only the rocks (takes around 20 minutes). Don’t forget your camera because the Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve has plenty to snap at.
More Details about Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve
There are interpretation signs along the track, seats to admire the lake from and picnic tables by the lake-side parking area off King St (along with toilet facilities).
The Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve is only 15 minutes drive from Lupton Lodge and well worth a special visit or a detour, either on your way to the Bay or Islands or when driving the Tutukaka Coast loop road.
The Waro Limestone Reserve deserves to be a lot more famous than it is, but with so many outstanding walkways around Whangarei it has a lot to compete with!
Map and Directions for Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve
To find Ware Limestone Scenic Reserve drive about 10 minutes north of Whangarei on State Highway 1. After the Hikurangi turn-off you will see the limestone formations from the main road (on your right). You can choose to park in either the carpark adjacent to “The Rock Man” on SH1 or down the main reserve driveway off King Street.