How to get to Moeraki Boulders

The boulders are located on Koekohe Beach, between the towns of Moeraki and Hampden. It is an easy (and very scenic) drive on State Highway 1 from the north or south.

Coming from the north – Oamuru to Moeraki

The Boulders are about 40km (approx 30 minutes drive) south of Oamuru – along a stunning scenic road! Just follow State Highway 1 towards Hampden.

Driving from Oamuru to the Moeraki Boulders:


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Coming from the south – Dunedin to Moeraki

The boulders are an approximately 1 hour drive (75km) north of Dunedin up State Highway 1.


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Coming from the west – Cromwell/Alexandra to Moeraki

The Moeraki Boulders are 209km (2.5 hours) from Cromwell and 185km (over 2 hours) from Alexandra.

Driving from Cromwell or Alexandra to Moeraki Boulders


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19 thoughts on “How to get to Moeraki Boulders

  1. Hello there, we are traveling to Oamaru on April 1st and wish to visit the Moeraki Boulders. but we can’t drive. Are there any day tours recommendations from Oamaru? Thanks.

  2. Hi! I’ve checked the website with high and low tides, and the time for lowest tide is not easy to catch for our schedule. We could be some time after the lowest or some time before…
    Could you please advise, what is the reasonable tide height, in cm., that still allow to see Moeraki Boulders?

  3. Couod you tell me how to get to Moeraki Boulders from Oamaru by bus? Becayse I can not drive a car by myself.
    I am looking forward to your reply! Thank you very much!

  4. I have read that the boulders can only be seen during low tide. I wonder how low the tide needs to be? 0.4m is the lowest it will go on the day I am planning to visit. If I am there, say one hour earlier than the lowest tide (some 0.5m or 0.6m) will it still be good? Thanks!

  5. Couod you tell me how to get to Moeraki Boulders from Dunedin by bus? Becayse I can not drive a car by myself.
    I am looking forward to your reply! Thank you very much!

  6. could someone phonetically spell out how to say Moeraki and Koekohe. I love these boulders and paint them obsessively. I saw a picture of them once and fell in love.

    • Hi, phonetically Moeraki is something like moy raakey, so draw out the ‘a’ sound in the middle. Hope that helps!!

  7. Iconic Tours offer transport (ex Dunedin) and guided tour of the Moeraki Boulders. We often visit Oamaru and Moeraki Township where you can try some of NZ’s best cuisine on the way back to Dunedin. See our website for Moeraki tour packages including the Taieri Gorge Seasider Train and Orokonui Bird Sanctuary. Happy Travels 🙂

  8. Hello,
    I´m planing a holiday in new zealand in December 2012. I want to visit the moeraki boulders, but I´ve read, that they are only to see on low tide.
    Can you tell me, when there will be low tide (from 16.12. – 18.12.) ?
    Or can you tell me where I can found a “low tide callendar” ?

    Thank you very much,
    J.Tröger

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