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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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  • Went early in the morning before the crowds arrived - that was the right decision. Even in the rain people began arriving as we were leaving and taking clear photos would have harder. The place feels ...  more »
  • A short walk to a memorable rock formation We ate at moeraki cafe - they ask you to pay to access beach  more »
  • If you have the chance, please take half an hour to go and see these boulders. They're absolutely amazing. They honestly look like fossilized dragon's eggs, or something created by the props departmen...  more »
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  • We had a lovely Blue Cod meal before we went down to the beach to check out the beautiful boulders. Despite the price, the fish was amazing. The boulders are beautiful. They have such unique formations on them. Almost turtle shell like on some (not the colour).
  • A short stroll along the beach is refreshing. If u don't dine at the restaurant, u gotta pay $2 to enter the beach. The toilet at the restaurant is for customer only. Not open for public. Just dine there, go for a walk after food. The food there is nice.
  • Lots of food from the restaurant to choose from. The prices are reasonable and the outdoor seating plentiful. It has a fireplace and the menu is clearly presented in the entrance. Great place to eat after enjoying the boulders. There is a portion of the building dedicated to information. With toilets for tourists stopping by. There is another set of toilets within the restaurant but these were locked.
  • Interesting place and beach, but very touristy. The boulders are interesting and a must-see if you're into rocks.
  • Beautiful short stop while driving but not as amazing as I expected. I reckon best to go at low tide of you can.

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