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Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru
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While on the Otago coast don't miss the chance to visit Moeraki Boulders, one of the most famous natural attractions on the whole South Island. Scattered along the beach, these enigmatic rocks weigh up to several tons and many of them have an almost perfect spherical shape. While science identifies the boulders as concretions that have formed over millions of years, there are also many less scientific and legendary theories about their origin. The pristine beach on which the boulders are located is easily accessible and the nearby parking lot saves you a long hike to admire this famous phenomenon. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Oamaru holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Moeraki Boulders and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It was a nice little break from our long drive when we stopped to the Moeraki Boulders. Boulders are on a beautiful beach and if it had been a sunny day they would have been even more impressive. The ...  more »
  • Stopped here on our way to Dunedin, and I must say that we were very much underwhelmed. For a start it was high tide, so no boulders and perched on the cliff was a very touristy cafe etc, and then you...  more »
  • If you want to see these unique concretions go during low tide, as you'll get soaked if you try to access the rocks during medium to high tide. This place is very touristy so best bet is to visit earl...  more »
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  • Beautiful spot to have a rest when traveling between dunedin and oamaru or even a trip from dunedin, great on a sunny day or even at sun set.
  • A fascinating experience. I'm left with so many questions, though – how the heck did these spherical objects get here? Are they actually rocks, or the eggs of some long-forgotten giant reptile/alien? Why are they so round? And how do I get one to put in my future Hollywood mansion, when I'm a vacuous celebrity? One tip, though: don't bother using the "private walkway" and paying the suggested $2 donation to the gift shop – there are public (free) access points further up and down the beach that are perfectly convenient.
  • 5 stars for the scenery and the ancient rocks, 3 stars for the café and the souvenirs shop. Been here twice in 12 months, love the scenery and the unique ancient rocks. Had some great time here taking beautiful photos. Don't mind the honesty donation of $2 for passing through, you can stop by for a cup of coffee and enjoy the view. The café has a platform with great ocean view. All in all, worth stopping by.
  • Beautiful and crazy to see. Short walk from the car park. There are a few broken Boulders but it is actually very interesting to see what the inside of the Boulder looks like. Out of this world.
  • Don't pull into the retail place. You'll need to pay to access the beach. Drive just a bit further down to get free access. The rocks are just as close from that location.