Besides visiting the Boulders, there are plenty of other things to do and places to see in and around Moeraki village.
See the Penguins and Seals and Walk to Katiki Point Lighthouse
Moeraki is not just famous for its boulders – it’s also a wonderful place to see both Yellow-eyed Penguins and Blue Penguins. You could also spot Fur Seals and many other birds.
The lighthouse walk at Katiki Point Lighthouse is an easy walk that can take anywhere from 20 minutes up to an hour and is a great place to head out to not just for the spectacular scenery, but also for the chance to spot some of New Zealand’s unique wildlife.
Start at the end of Lighthouse Road. You can get some great close up views, but remember: never disturb, touch or feed the penguins or seals. They are all protected species and their space must be respected at all times. You can however take as many photos as you wish from a distance!
There’s also a fantastic penguin viewing hide, so you can see them up close without disturbing their natural behaviours or putting their welfare at risk. Viewing penguins is always a highlight of any visit to Moeraki.
Find out more about Katiki Point
Check out our page of restaurants, cafes and other places where you can enjoy great food in great surroundings, in and around Moeraki. Locally caught fish is a feature on menus throughout the village, but whatever your tastes might be, you will find something nutritious and delicious to eat while you’re in town.
Nearby Hampden Beach is a safe location for swimming and is rarely crowded so it’s a beautiful spot for a family outing. Kayaking is also a popular activity here.
Boating and Fishing
Moeraki is famous for its fishing. The fishing here is considered excellent throughout the year and you can experience it by heading out for a day on a charter boat, such as those offered by Moeraki Fishing Charters. Their tours take in not only fishing, but wildlife watching and general sightseeing as well as you meander around the coastline. Visit the company’s website to find out more about tours and prices.
Another company offering fishing tours off the coast of Moeraki is Sirocco Fishing Charters who run trips that run for up to 6 hours, allowing you to make a whole day of it. They also have an onboard BBQ during the day, so lunch is taken care of. Sirocco Fishing Charters also offers its own accommodation at a place they call The Lodge which can house up to 20 people in bunk style arrangements; but you’ll need your own sleeping bag and towels if you want to stay there. Check out their website for more information and pricing.
When out fishing, species that you can expect to come across include sea perch, blue cod, paua, tarakahi, trumpeter, and groper, amongst others. The expert fishing guides will be able to fill you in on conditions out on the water before you head out, depending upon what time of year you’re visiting.
Alternatively, if you prefer solitude and staying on land, you can simply head to the beach and throw a line in and watch the sun go down.