Moeraki Boulders © Swiss Media Vision

Moeraki Boulders: clamber over them for the ultimate selfie


View the map

TAP FOR MORE INFO:

So while they are known as the Moeraki Boulders, they are actually strewn along Koekohe Beach, for the record.

‘Strewn’ perhaps makes them sound pebble-like: it would be one giant who could have strewn these geological phenomena. They are massive, up to 2m in diameter some of them, and – a word to the wise – best viewed at low tide. There’s so much to do in the area – the Katiki lighthouse, the seal and penguin colonies, a bite to eat at the excellent nearby restaurants – that you’ll be happy to wait for the perfect timing to see these big guys.

They really do look like they’ve just landed from space, but it’s actually taken four million years for the largest boulders to form into what you’ll see today; 60 million years ago they were wee molecules.

There are about 50 or so strewn along the beach; old pictures and local legend tells us that in the 1800s when the whale craze was all go around here, there were heaps more of the amazing creatures. But people took ’em! Unreal. Popped them in their gardens. More exciting than topiary, maybe?

Course that’s now illegal – don’t back the truck up, Brian, please.

Look with your eyes, as you tell the kids – although, strange though it may seem with something so unique, you are permitted to clamber over them for the ultimate selfie. Against the backdrop of that impressive sweep of coast, it’ll be one of your better ones.

Explore more...


Be the first to comment on this page. You cannot post comments until you have logged in. Please log in or register if you don't have an account.

More stories like this

Find out more

Natural attractions

Waitaki: a river of time

A goblin’s labyrinth of creamy rock, fossils, Victorian architecture and Steampunk. There is nowhere else in New Zealand quite like Waitaki. Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Natural attractions

Moeraki Boulders Walk

Take a walk to the Moeraki Boulders – geological marvels, exposed by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down from 13 to 65 million years ago. Read the story . . . 

Find out more

Natural attractions

Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

On a sandy beach, just south of Ōamaru, is a collection of perfectly round boulders – some smooth-skinned, others fractured along veins of quartz, some eroded away to piles of rubble. Read the story . . . 

Waitaki District Where to stay in

4.8 /5
4.8 /5
Moeraki Haven Motel

Luxury, spacious and well-appointed coastal, fully self-contained homes. 1 and 3-bedroom options. 12-min walk to restaurant, tavern and port. Great views. Pets by arrangement only. . . . More . . . 

4.5 /5
From $115
4.5 /5
Moeraki Beach Motel

4 spacious, comfortable 2-bedroom units (sleep 5). Fully self-contained. Wonderful views of harbour and coastline. Picturesque fishing village to wander at leisure. . . . More . . . 

From $115
From $65
Kurow Hotel

1864 heritage hotel in town centre. Family friendly, country atmosphere. The only 2 story hotel in town, featuring 16 rooms. There is a restaurant, bar, . . . More . . . 

From $65
4.8 /5
From $34
4.8 /5
Kurow Holiday Park

Diane and Theo welcome you to Kurow Holiday Park, based in Kurow where the Waitaki River flows out into the Waitaki Valley. . . . More . . . 

From $34