Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

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.

They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago.

Watch the video below for a short introduction and some fascinating facts about the Moeraki Boulders!

Some of the boulders weigh several tonnes and are up to 3 metres in diametre!

We showcase some of the very best photos of the Moeraki Boulders and the surrounding area on our Photos page.

Maori legend tells that the boulders are remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe, the Araiteuru was wrecked at nearby Shag Point (Matakaea).

The Boulders are a very popular spot for photographers – and with good reason!

Early morning and late afternoon are the prime times for photography, when brilliant soft sunlight is cast across the rocks; making for spectacular photographic opportunities. Other times, such as when storms are rolling in, provide an atmosphere and scene that can’t be matched anywhere else in New Zealand, or the world!

Moeraki boulders silhouettes