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Moeraki Boulders

These ancient, geological oddities have been capturing the imaginations of scientists and the local people for years.

Marvel at the remarkable size and near-perfect, round shape of the Moeraki Boulders and study the beautiful patterns marking the rocks. Walk along a secluded beach and spot fur seals playing offshore.

Find these mysterious spherical boulders scattered across pretty Koekohe Beach. Each boulder weighs several tons and the larger ones have a diameter of up to 3 metres (10 feet).

Maori legend says that these are eel baskets that were washed up here when the voyaging Araiteuru canoe was wrecked on nearby Shag Point. Scientists explain the obscure objects as mudstone concretions that were formed approximately 60 million years ago.

Look closely at the boulders and notice how some appear cracked while others have flowing lines and lighter colours. These features are believed to be a result of weathering and reactions with minerals such as dolomite and quartz.

Not just the setting for these remarkable natural wonders, Koekohe Beach is also a fantastic spot for a coastal stroll and to simply relax on the sand. Lucky walkers may even see dolphins and fur seals splashing in the water not far from the shore.

Follow a refreshing walk with a trip to the waterfront café found on the hill above the boulders. Enjoy a drink as you take in the view and refuel with a sandwich or some freshly cooked fish. Before you leave, head to the gift shop next door to buy souvenirs, clothes and jewellery that has been created by local artisans.

Koekohe Beach is located on the Otago coast, a 30-minute drive south of Oamaru and an hour north of Dunedin. The beach and boulders can be accessed at any time and the café and shop are open daily.


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