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Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • These mystical boulders are breaking up and crumbling away. Soon they will be gone. They are mesmerising so see them while they are still here. 
  • The boulders are cool geological entities that really do look like the eggs of some mythical creature. We went here as a detour from Oamaru to Queenstown, which is the ideal way to do it. Come fairly ...  read more »
  • Definitely head down and check out this natural wonder. Worth going in the late afternoon for the best capture lighting. Easy access from the carpark. There are stairs though down to the beach. 
  • I'm rating the boulders rather than the shop there... I can't comment on the shop as I didn't use it. Nice little diversion for us traveling from Oamaru to Dunedin. $2 / person honesty box, well worth it for the upkeep of the access. Would be nice if there was some info on site as to the boulder formation... and Maori legend. Wikipedia says that they are concretions, built up layers around a central seed object. Cracks later in time occurred and were filled with calcite & dolomite.
  • Really unsual rounds natural rocks with a well maintained path way. However it doesn't have weal chairs access. But it is a easy walk down to the beach.
  • I asked for water as the container was empty. I was told to help myself out of the tap. I then went to get paper Serviettes and the container was empty. When we got our food we had to ask if they would take the table numbers away and the empty dishes. Come on guys. This place needs some customer service. Great food
  • A bit crowded. The beach is nice and boulders are interesting. For a quick stop it's ok, but I wouldn't plan my day around it.
  • Poor service. Expensive food. Ordered a chocolate milk shakes got strawberry. Asked for them to change it and had them argue that it was chocolate. It was pink. The boulders are alright small and tide dependent.
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