Moeraki Boulders

Natural Spherical Creations

A remarkable sight in New Zealand are these mysterious geological formations of spherical shapes on the planet, which are creations of entirely natural forces.

The Moeraki Boulders are enormous spherical boulders, scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders along a stretch of Koekohe Beach between Moeraki and Hampden in the South Island of New Zealand. The Moeraki Boulders are some of the unique natural attractions of New Zealand that continue to fascinate visitors.

These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs. Striking are their unusually large size and spherical shape, with some more ovoid shaped and others are slightly elongated in a distinct bimodal size distribution. There are over 50 boulders along Koekohe Beach. The biggest boulders weigh 7 tons and measure over 2 metres across. Some boulders have tortoise shell type markings, and others are split open to reveal hollow and colorful cores

According to Maori legend, the boulders are the remains of eel baskets, calabashes and kumara, washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru, when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago. Koekohe beach is also home to some interesting wildlife. There is a yellow-eyed penguin sanctuary, a seal colony and Hectors dolphins can be seen playing in the waves off the beach.

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LocationKoekohe Beach
Otago Coast of the South Island
Moeraki and Hampden.

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