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. Discover how to plan a Oamaru trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • We didn't have to drive out of our way and it was time for lunch. Oddly, you can't use the bathrooms if you don't eat at the cafe.  more »
  • It looks like a giant lost his marbles on the beach. The boulders are quite dramatic in pictures, they're fun to clamber on, and they make for a fun photo shoot. The gorgeous backdrop of the southern ...  more »
  • We went at high tide. It would be best to maybe be there at low tide or at least not at hight tide. There was not much space to walk without getting wet and most of the boulders were in the sure. Stil...  more »
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  • This is a really good stopping place for a break in your journey. The restaurant/cafe are is well set out with inside and outside seating and can easily cater for the tour buses that shop here. There is also a little gift shop. Good access to the beach and then a short but nice walk along the sand to the boulders.
  • Love it love it love it. How could anyone not love it. Just a unique natural phenomenon. The Rock balls form in the ground from a natural process, the shore erodes away exposing them. They have sat in the sand being revealed by the sea. So cool to stand on... Just watch the incoming waves!! I got unintentional we feet!!!
  • Ordered big breakfast, cappuccino and orange juice. Paid NZ$40. Looked high price for breakfast. But you forget everything with one of the best view from restaurant, very testy food, fast service, smile and friendly people... Go to the beach just steps away from restaurant and touch world famous Moeraki boulders... enjoy your life. World is perfect! it’s look to me restaurant opening from 9am so late. I think this kind of restaurant must be open from sunrise time
  • Go to the Cafe... Really Yummy... Not cheap, but worth it... And... Of course there are a couple of Rocks worth checking out...
  • Multiple staff lied to our face that the council had told them the tap water wasn't safe to drink so we should buy bottled water instead. We called the council and there were no boil water notices in place for anywhere in the area. Blatant profiteering from lies. And the food was waaaaay overpriced. Clearly frozen seafood, not fresh as stated. Very average coffee. $2 to access beach! Absolute rip off, lied to our face repeatedly and exploiting tourists.

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