NORTHLAND: WHANGAREI

09-Nov-14

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Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve

star rating of 2.5

by Chris Gaelic

104 King St, Hikurangi, Whangarei, Northland

rvexplorer id: 18976

Certified self-contained vans can park overnight in any council parking area that is not sign-posted as prohibited.
For complete details check wdc.govt.nz/camping. Check for onsite signs on arrival.
You risk a $200 fine for ignoring the rules.

Whangarei District Council also provides four designated freedom camping areas for self-contained vehicles
as well as 18 sites that permit non self-contained camping options.
Parking spaces and van length are limited at these sites and they are very popular, so be sure to arrive early
if you want to park overnight. We recommend you avoid these during the summer season.

Ducks viewed from the pier

 

Public toilets with a noticeboard on the lake's history

Public toilets with a noticeboard on the lake's history

 

The Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve was gifted to the people of Hikurangi as a recreational area after the original Waro limestone quarry was closed in 1974.

 

It has since been taken over by the Whangarei District Council, and the Friends of Lake Waro community group was formed in 1999 to help with the restoration of the lake. They have planted hundreds of native plants, including a walkway around the lake.

 

It's an interesting location, with some impressive limestone and rock formations. There is good parking by the lake, and clean toilets.

 

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