Visit the Stunning Moeraki Boulders

Are you looking for a natural attraction to admire on the South Island? Come along and visit the Moeraki Boulders! Visitors of the boulders are in for a treat with the stunning views of the boulders and the fantastic photo opportunities! Add the Moeraki Boulders to your stack now to start your South Island journey!

How do I get to the Moeraki Boulders?

The boulders can be found on Koekohe Beach, just between the towns of Moerkai and Hampden. It is a very scenic and straightforward drive on State Highway 1, coming from the north or south.

The Moeraki Boulders are a collection of large spherical rocks on Koekohe Beach near the town of Moeraki on New Zealand’s coast. The boulders are concretions that have been exposed through the erosion of the shoreline from the coastal cliffs. Today, there are still boulders that remain in the mudstone, but will eventually fall onto the beach as they wriggle loose from the erosion!

The boulders are one of the most popular and unique natural attractions found on the South Island. They originally began to form in the ancient seafloor over 60 million years ago, and the biggest boulders are estimated to have taken roughly 4 million years to get to their largest size. Some of the boulders weigh several tonnes and the bigger ones can even be over 2 metres wide!

The Moeraki Boulders unsurprisingly, are a very popular spot for photographers. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for snapping those pictures, as the sunlight is cast across the rocks, creating amazing photographic opportunities! Other times, such as when storms are coming through, provide an incredible atmosphere and scene that can’t be matched anywhere else in the country!

  • Great for photography
  • If coming from the north, the Boulders are roughly 40km south of Oamaru
  • If coming from the south, the boulders are roughly a 1 hour drive north of Dunedin

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