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Moeraki Boulders

These ancient, geological oddities have been capturing the imaginations of scientists and the local people for years.

Marvel at the remarkable size and near-perfect, round shape of the Moeraki Boulders and study the beautiful patterns marking the rocks. Walk along a secluded beach and spot fur seals playing offshore.

Find these mysterious spherical boulders scattered across pretty Koekohe Beach. Each boulder weighs several tons and the larger ones have a diameter of up to 3 metres (10 feet).

Maori legend says that these are eel baskets that were washed up here when the voyaging Araiteuru canoe was wrecked on nearby Shag Point. Scientists explain the obscure objects as mudstone concretions that were formed approximately 60 million years ago.

Look closely at the boulders and notice how some appear cracked while others have flowing lines and lighter colours. These features are believed to be a result of weathering and reactions with minerals such as dolomite and quartz.

Not just the setting for these remarkable natural wonders, Koekohe Beach is also a fantastic spot for a coastal stroll and to simply relax on the sand. Lucky walkers may even see dolphins and fur seals splashing in the water not far from the shore.

Follow a refreshing walk with a trip to the waterfront café found on the hill above the boulders. Enjoy a drink as you take in the view and refuel with a sandwich or some freshly cooked fish. Before you leave, head to the gift shop next door to buy souvenirs, clothes and jewellery that has been created by local artisans.

Koekohe Beach is located on the Otago coast, a 30-minute drive south of Oamaru and an hour north of Dunedin. The beach and boulders can be accessed at any time and the café and shop are open daily.


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Lodging Near Moeraki Boulders

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$70
The Mill House

The Mill House

2358 Herbert-Hampden Road, Herbert
4.5
of 5, from 35 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this guesthouse is within 12 mi (20 km) of Moeraki Boulders, Totara Estate, and Moeraki Lighthouse. Shag Point Scenic Reserve and Oamaru Gardens are also within 20 mi (32 km).

$99
Highfield Mews Motel

Highfield Mews Motel

26 Exe Street, Oamaru
4.7
of 5, from 31 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oamaru, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Whitestone Cheese Factory, North Otago Museum, and Janet Frame House. Forrester Gallery and Woolstore Complex are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$58
Old Bones Lodge

Old Bones Lodge

468 Beach Road, Awamoa
4.6
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Grainstore Gallery, Woolstore Complex, and North Otago Museum. Oamaru Gardens and Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$76
Bella Vista Motel Oamaru

Bella Vista Motel Oamaru

206 Thames Street, Oamaru
4.3
of 5, from 211 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oamaru, this eco-friendly motel is within a 10-minute walk of Whitestone Cheese Factory and North Otago Museum. Forrester Gallery and Janet Frame House are also within 15 minutes.

$80
289 Midway Motel

289 Midway Motel

289 Thames Street, Oamaru
4.0
of 5, from 73 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oamaru, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Whitestone Cheese Factory, North Otago Museum, and Forrester Gallery. Janet Frame House and Woolstore Complex are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$83
Brydone Hotel Oamaru

Brydone Hotel Oamaru

115 Thames Street, Oamaru
4.1
of 5, from 195 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oamaru, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of North Otago Museum and Forrester Gallery. Woolstore Complex and Grainstore Gallery are also within 10 minutes.

$92
Oamaru Motor Lodge

Oamaru Motor Lodge

391 Thames Highway, Oamaru
4.8
of 5, from 257 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oamaru, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Whitestone Cheese Factory, North Otago Museum, and Forrester Gallery. Janet Frame House and Woolstore Complex are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$84
Northstar Motel

Northstar Motel

495A Thames Highway, Oamaru
4.7
of 5, from 257 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oamaru, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Whitestone Cheese Factory, North Otago Museum, and Forrester Gallery. Janet Frame House and Woolstore Complex are also within 3 mi (5 km).