Moeraki Boulders Beach, Oamaru

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While on the Otago coast don't miss the chance to visit Moeraki Boulders Beach, 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. You can plan Oamaru trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • A beautiful beach and interesting boulders. We visited around 11am when the tide and light were fabulous. There were quite a few tourists along the beach but not enough to detract from the joy of the....  more
    A beautiful beach and interesting boulders. We visited around 11am when the tide and light were fabulous. There were quite a few tourists along the beach but not enough to detract from the joy of the....  more »
  • Where do they come from ? They are remarkable and much more than a rock or a large stone. Circular and patterned almost man made ? A fabulous beach as well but remember to go at low tide. Enjoy…… 
    Where do they come from ? They are remarkable and much more than a rock or a large stone. Circular and patterned almost man made ? A fabulous beach as well but remember to go at low tide. Enjoy……  more »
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  • On a tour of the South Island, we ran across a sign for the Moeraki Boulders Beach. I had recognized the name from a postcard I had spotted in a shop in Dunedin. Not knowing what to expect, we pulled in for a look. The beach was incredible, and the spherical rock formations look like artifacts from another planet! The beach is spacious and teeming with wildlife. Not too crowded with people, although we visited in winter and summer crowds might be thicker. There's a small restaurant on the bluff above the beach. A boardwalk and stairs take you down from the restaurant to the beach itself. Moeraki Boulders Beach is pretty incredible; you'd be hard-pressed to find anything else like it in your world travels.
  • Love this place! Donate $2 pp at the beginning of the walk by the cafe / gift shop entrance. A short 3 min walk to see the boulders. Make sure you go to see the boulders at low tide. Plenty of car park available.

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