On our long drive from the Mt. Cook National Park to Dunedin in New Zealand, we decided to take a little gander at the Moeraki Boulders along the way. It’s a very popular tourist attraction, with hoards of people playing around the boulders, taking pictures with the beautiful scenery in the background, or simply enjoying the beach on a hot day.
But why boulders? We decided to do a bit of research on the significance of the Moeraki Boulders, because with their giant bowling ball-esque appearances, they were definitely fascinating.
The Moeraki boulders began to form over 60 million years ago, so they’re quite old! There are around 50 boulders on Koekohe Beach. The beach is beautiful, see the pictures for evidence! There is a Maori legend about the boulders that says they are made of the remains from calabashes (trees), kumaras (root vegetable), and eel baskets when a well known canoe was wrecked nearby. Whether this is true or not, it’s still a very interesting and mysterious area of such spherical boulders.
There are many picture opportunities amongst the boulders, here’s just a taste of what we spent our afternoon doing. I think this attraction is great as a day trip, or a stop along the way to your next destination. It’s a great way to stretch your legs if you’re coming from Oamaru to Dunedin.
If you fancy a hot drink, venture up to the cafe above the beach where you can get drinks or meals for typical tourist attraction prices. Across the deck is a souvenir shop for all of your New Zealand needs. I highly recommend stopping here to check out the hype. It’s just as beautiful as it looks.
Have you visited these boulders? What did you think? Leave a comment!