Moeraki Boulders
Moeraki Boulders
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  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought-provoking
    Going from the car park past the cafe, there's a pathway walk down to the beach. From there, in a few places, within a few hundred yards are the eponymous boulders. They're not huge, or indeed massively impressive, just very odd/ unusual when you get to thinking about how they were formed and how they were deposited where they are. Extremely spherical, they are an oddity. The cafe above the steps is pretty good, and they do a special on blue cod.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 May 2023
  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, Hawaii169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool geological event
    Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach are so cool. Emerging from the cliff, as if being born from the earth, these famous boulders are concretions formed some 65 million years ago. Crystallization of calcium & carbonates around charged particles in muddy undersea sediments gradually formed the boulders in a process taking as long as four million years. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed ~15 million years ago & sea erosion exposes the erosion-resistant boulders. Each boulder weighs several tons & is up to 6 ft high. you have to visit during low tide to appreciate them.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • AJ
    San Francisco, California72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun short stop along the journey
    A fun short stop along the journey. I don’t think I would go crazy out of the way just to only see the Moeraki Boulders. They are fun and interesting. However, depending on time of day could be very busy and you have to catch the tide. I thought mid tide was nice to get the waves around the rocks. Closer to a lower low tide, there are no waves around the rocks they are fully exposed. We went to the boulders twice, once in the evening at a higher mid tide and once in the morning at a close to low tide. In the evening closer to high tide, many of the boulders were still covered in water. The higher up boulders were fully visible. And the lower out boulders were half visible with a good bit of coverage from the waves. You would get wet to reach or stand on them. At lower tide, all of the boulders were visible and there already was no waves near any of them. There was still some water puddles around them to try to get reflections. If you look closely at the textures of the boulders, we saw many red lady bugs along them. We found staying for a little bit that there was times when no one or very few people were there. Tour groups tended to just be there for their quick snapshots and out again. So worth it to wait and see if it is crowded. We went in the later evening before sunset and in the mid morning. I found this stop enjoyable along with many other stops along the coast driving up from Dunedin. If I didn’t have interest in some of the other stops/area/Dunedin/etc I wouldn’t go all the way over just for the boulders.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 January 2024
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evets1232016
Sydney, Australia437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I guess there were about 20 or so of these spherical boulders partially buried in the sand along the beach. It's interesting and unusual geology, and the beach and view are beautiful, but you really only need a short time to inspect the boulders and then move on.
Written 12 February 2024
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AJ
San Francisco, CA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A fun short stop along the journey. I don’t think I would go crazy out of the way just to only see the Moeraki Boulders. They are fun and interesting. However, depending on time of day could be very busy and you have to catch the tide. I thought mid tide was nice to get the waves around the rocks. Closer to a lower low tide, there are no waves around the rocks they are fully exposed. We went to the boulders twice, once in the evening at a higher mid tide and once in the morning at a close to low tide. In the evening closer to high tide, many of the boulders were still covered in water. The higher up boulders were fully visible. And the lower out boulders were half visible with a good bit of coverage from the waves. You would get wet to reach or stand on them. At lower tide, all of the boulders were visible and there already was no waves near any of them. There was still some water puddles around them to try to get reflections. If you look closely at the textures of the boulders, we saw many red lady bugs along them. We found staying for a little bit that there was times when no one or very few people were there. Tour groups tended to just be there for their quick snapshots and out again. So worth it to wait and see if it is crowded. We went in the later evening before sunset and in the mid morning. I found this stop enjoyable along with many other stops along the coast driving up from Dunedin. If I didn’t have interest in some of the other stops/area/Dunedin/etc I wouldn’t go all the way over just for the boulders.
Written 21 January 2024
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Beautiful Moeraki
Queenstown, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Fascinating and beautiful. A MUST visit. Lovely beach and there are signs to read about the geology of these amazingly natural 65 million year old rock formations - cementation of Paleocene mudstone. Easy access from convenient parking.
Written 13 January 2024
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand1,176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Do stop and take the path down to the beach to view these boulders. They are a wonderful geological formation on a lovely stretch of beach.
Written 5 December 2023
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ZM Toh
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very interesting to see the boulders on the beach. Nice breezy walk if you are in the area. I actually spend quite sometime there with my partner looking at every single formation. Beautiful when sun sets.
Written 15 November 2023
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happykoabug
Honolulu, HI169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach are so cool. Emerging from the cliff, as if being born from the earth, these famous boulders are concretions formed some 65 million years ago. Crystallization of calcium & carbonates around charged particles in muddy undersea sediments gradually formed the boulders in a process taking as long as four million years. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed ~15 million years ago & sea erosion exposes the erosion-resistant boulders. Each boulder weighs several tons & is up to 6 ft high. you have to visit during low tide to appreciate them.
Written 5 July 2023
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,260 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Going from the car park past the cafe, there's a pathway walk down to the beach. From there, in a few places, within a few hundred yards are the eponymous boulders. They're not huge, or indeed massively impressive, just very odd/ unusual when you get to thinking about how they were formed and how they were deposited where they are. Extremely spherical, they are an oddity. The cafe above the steps is pretty good, and they do a special on blue cod.
Written 6 May 2023
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heatherem
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
very good , not that much to say about it really, grandson loved climbing on the boulders, was quite busy.
Written 25 January 2023
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Definitely worth checking what time low tide is to see more of the boulders. Nice beach to walk along, depending on the weather. There is a large carpark by the cafe which accommodates camper vans too and there was a bus arriving just as we were leaving, so it can get really busy. The cafe staff are really efficient and friendly and have some nice options for a bite to eat and drinks. Service was quick. They do ask a $2 fee to use their boardwalk to the boulders which is closer but if you dont want to pay that, a car park is available further down the road at no charge and you walk an extra 5 minutes or so. Nice to visit if you are in the area.
Written 29 November 2022
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Debra A
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Whether you are interested in geology or just looking at places of interest, these are worth a visit. Walking along the beach in sunshine is always pleasant!
Written 10 November 2022
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