These large, spherical boulders can be found on a stretch of Koekohe Beach, between Moeraki and Hampden. You will find them in clusters or standing alone. The stretch of beach where they stand has been named a scientific reserve. The boulders have been formed near the surface of the seafloor during the Paleocene era. They have been created by the...more
its not of the beaten path, State Highway 1 goes through this enchanting town of the South Island, with its victorian, white Stone Buildings. the Harbour Precinct, the lovely pubs, the Pengy Statue. but I wont repeat myself. have a look at my separate Oamaru page, you might like it.more pix from the Moeraki Boulders and the Blue Pengy'smore
Maori LegendAccording to the Maori folklore "the Kai" (food)hinaki (baskets) were washed ashore at Moeraki from the canoe Arai - uru, which was wrecked off the coast on a voyage south in search off the precious stone.(Greenstone or Jade).The Scientific VersionThe Moeraki Boulders consist mainly of carbonate of lime, silica, alumina and peroxide of...more
Moeraki boulders are approximately 20 spherical rocks located on Koekohe Beach, close to Moeraki. The beach can only be reached by a staircase from the tourist office located at street level. Be sure to be there at low tide, or boulders will be partially submerged. These beautiful and unique rocks come from the erosion of the nearby coast, the...more
I hesitate to use the word 'village' as it isn't used that much in New Zealand. But if you picture 'sleepy fishing village' that sums up Moeraki quite nicely. It's a few minutes drive further along the main State Highway 1, away from the famous Boulders. A narrow road hugging the hillside winds down to the pretty harbour dotted with fishing boats....more
The Boulders are scattered along an empty stretch of beach a little way out of the actual township of Moeraki. Although they are not unique (there are others in the North island and elsewhere in the world) they are by far the most famous in New Zealand and it's well worth stopping to check them out.Some are over 2 meters in diameter and some are...more
raised from the seabed some 15 million ago. the scientiest tells us, septerian concretions formed some 65 millon years ago, crystalisation of calcium and carbonates charge particles in the muddy undersea gradually formed the boulders.the Maori legend tells us an other story:...the boulders are gourds and calabashes, traditional Maori food, washed...more
The story according to scentists is not quite so exciting. The boulders have come from the mudstone cliffs behind where they eroded away and have been given their round shape by erosion from the surf. They are known as septarian concretions, formed when minerals crystalised equally in all directions from an organic nuclei.more
Ngai Tahu legend relate the boulders to a a load washed ashore from the shipwrecked canoe Arai Te Uru which was on a voyage in search of the prized greenstone. The round stones here are thought to be the food baskets, and the more irregular shaped boulders further south are sweet potatoes. The reef at Shag Point is the wreck of the canoe.more
I had been told about this restaurant for a long time by some of my local friends. I took it to heart when some of those who had told me about Fluer's as being the best do not like seafood.My mouth started to water as we walked in and I could see and smell the plates on the other tables. I knew I was in for a treat. There is no other way to put it,...more
I think Fleur's is pretty special and I'm still waiting to enjoy a proper meal there! The day we had intended to visit to celebrate my birthday we were suddenly invited for lunch elsewhere. Feeling that we couldn't refuse we dashed out there afterwards for a couple of chilled white wines on the terrace before heading back to Dunedin for our flight...more
Enjoy awesome food while soaking up the most amazing view over the ocean, staring out at the boulders and all the way to moeraki, absoultely magical! Why not even have a wine or two while soaking it all up. They are only open for breakfast and lunch at the mo, till about 5pm I think. I had the salmon salad and my partner had the seafood plater,...more
Only a Restaurant and a pub in the village but the food in the Restaurant is very good - especially if you like fish.
Dress Code: No Dress code
is good, easy drive on State Highway 1 from Christchurch south to Oamaru, passing several small Villages and Towns along the way. take a break in Ashburton or Timaru. nice atmosphere in this small farming Towns, the food is good, the people very friendly. when coming to Oamaru, 25 km south of the Town, you reach the Cliffs ..from there you'll have...more
You can find the Moeraki Boulders on the east coast going from Christchurch to Invercargil (40km south of Oamaru). Although we had to rely on the shuttle bus for transport it is still possible to get dropped off and picked up at the boulders (the Oamaru visitor centre were very helpful in this respect).more
This is the only shop in Moeraki. It sells loads of lovely gifts. My brother-in-law sells some postcards in the shop as well.
I would recommend taking atleast one pair of jeans and a jumper - even in the summer. As you are close to the sea, it can get chilly. As you can see from the photo, I am wearing shorts and a JUMPER - why I am not sure. But it was cold and my legs where cold and this was in jan - THERE SUMMER!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Loads of Sun Block
Photo Equipment: Loads of film. Moeraki has loads of lovely views. In this photo my future Brother-in-law is takening ages to get the right photo - he is a photographer.
At Moreaki, 30 Km south of Omaru, there are amazing spherical boulders.
They are natural geologic formations, but the Maori people as a poetic explanation for this rocks, they call it, te kai hinaki ‘food baskets’ and kumara ‘sweet potatoes’.