Moeraki Boulders
Moeraki Boulders
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The mystical Moeraki Boulders captured at dawn.
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  • Daphne A
    Whangarei, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    South Island tour
    we did the tour of the South Island November 22; weather was wet n cold. we drove from Moerewa in northland. all the way down the north island and down the East coast and up the Westcoast, then across to picton and home. 6 weeks holiday in paradise. check our own country out first. never been overseas.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 1 June 2023
  • SD2606
    Christchurch, New Zealand2,456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marvellous Moeraki
    I last came here when I was 12. I remembered the Boulders to be much bigger and more of them. A child’s memory.   My children were 3 and 5 when we visited and they loved them. They thought that they were big! It was fun trying to pop them up on top of a rock for a photo without getting wet.   There is a nice café there up the hill with incredible views. Great service and nice food and coffee.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 February 2024
  • AndyAquila
    Lyme Regis, United Kingdom656 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Curious and interesting
    Interesting to see these boulders, although there is nothing tom explain how they arrived there. Do your own research! There is a café shop at one access point, but a slightly longer walk allows free access. Watch for tide times since they are not always easily accessible!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2024
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Michael C
Derby, UK1,980 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
These are an unusual collection of round boulders on the beach. At the time of our visit, they were partially covered because the tide was high. On the clifftop is a visitor centre and also a small cafe where we had a good coffee.
Written 13 March 2024
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AndyAquila
Lyme Regis, UK656 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Interesting to see these boulders, although there is nothing tom explain how they arrived there. Do your own research!
There is a café shop at one access point, but a slightly longer walk allows free access. Watch for tide times since they are not always easily accessible!
Written 4 March 2024
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amr100
Wellington, New Zealand1,015 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The beach is a gorgeous amazing beach - plan for a walk.

The boulders......... mwah........ don't believe google images or even those on here - they are not protruding much from the sand due to shifting sands........... ie not many and easy for kids to stand on. The one in the cliff side if the biggest............ but won't be going for the 'boulders' again - but would for the beach.
Written 29 February 2024
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SD2606
Christchurch, New Zealand2,456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I last came here when I was 12. I remembered the Boulders to be much bigger and more of them. A child’s memory.
 
My children were 3 and 5 when we visited and they loved them. They thought that they were big! It was fun trying to pop them up on top of a rock for a photo without getting wet.
 
There is a nice café there up the hill with incredible views. Great service and nice food and coffee.
Written 19 February 2024
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Gill O
Ascot, UK653 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Slightly disappointing in that the boulders themselves were quite small (relatively speaking) but it’s still a nice walk on a pretty beach and the little ones loved it. Geology is interesting and I loved the descriptions at the beginning. Glad we did it en route but wouldn’t recommend anyone deviate to see them.
Written 13 January 2024
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Margaret
Sydney, Australia98 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The beach was nice but we thought there were more (and bigger) boulders. Good to stop by if you’re on your way to Oamaru or nearby towns, but I won’t say a must.
Written 31 December 2023
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Desmond C
Ipswich, Australia44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing views - disappointing to see that over time people have removed some of the boulders for their own use - saw some in Moeraki town as well as cemetery.
Written 28 December 2023
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timbleton
Sydney, Australia140 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Well I visited these “boulders” because they graced the cover of a lonely planet guide, so given all of the natural beauty in New Zealand I thought they would be pretty special, unfortunately they were not.

I visited on a particularly rainy day, but was undeterred and walked down the beach expecting to see huge round boulders, unfortunately what I saw and was a few small rocks yes round, but mostly covered by sand and not particularly spectacular, I might comment on them if I happen to be on the beach, but I definitely wouldn’t detour and get soaked through just to see them, but I guess if small round rocks on a beach are your thing, go for it, but otherwise probably only visit for the beach, which I imagine would be nice on a good day.
Written 25 December 2023
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AustrianGlobalNomad
Vienna, Austria111 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Stones on a Beach
A few of them
Their shape is round.
So what?
Seriously?
The sand on this beach was more attractive.
Tourists are like sheep, they follow one another for questionable reasons.
Written 2 December 2023
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mdh969
Canberra, Australia990 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I only rated the site as one star because we went there when it was high tide and we could not see the rocks 😞

There were some imitation rocks in the park that we took a picture of them just to show we went there 😆

Make sure you check when it is low tide before travelling to see the rocks…I am sure it would spectacular.
Written 29 October 2023
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