The Moeraki Boulders are not as big as I thought they were.
On our trip down the South Island coast this summer, my friend and I stopped off at the Moeraki Boulders, a hot spot for tourists and locals alike, especially for the photo opportunities. While I think I have been there before, I would have been very young and, like Gandalf, have no memory of this place.
“The Moeraki Boulders are a group of very large spherical “stones” on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s Otago coast. These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs that back the beach. The boulders are one of the most fascinating and popular attractions on the South Island.” – Moeraki Boulders website
Like I said, I think the hype and the mass amounts of photos online and in brochures that have been embedded in my brain over the years made me think that they were a whole lot bigger than they were, and that there were way more of them.
That’s all very well and good, you say, but …
Were the Moeraki Boulders worth the stop?
Yeah, totally. They’re a weird phenomenon, and it’s crazy to think that they are natural. They’re really are large spherical stones. It’s like if giants had a game of marbles going on. That’s what it’s like.
It’s definitely something to add to your New Zealand bucket list, just make sure you check the tides before visit. If we had arrived any later than we did, it would have been a rather wet experience.
Have you visited the Moeraki Boulders?