The Moeraki rocks are located in Koekohe beach in Moeraki. They have multiple fissures called septaria and have looked like dinosaur eggs since ancient times. According to scientists, the formation of these rocks started about 60 million years ago.
According to the legend of the Maori (an ethnic minority in New Zealand), these are the remains of a sunken canoe called the Araiteuru. After Araiteuru got into trouble at Shag Point (Matakaea in Maori) – tilefish, fried sweet potatoes and fishing baskets were washed ashore. Over time, they became the great rocks as you can see today.
If you hear the Maori mention “giant goblins”, “alien brains” or “giant bowling balls”, they are referring to these strange rocks. The large Moeraki rocks are up to 3 m in diameter and weigh several tons while the smaller rocks can be about the size of a soccer ball.
It is thought that it took 4 million years for the Moeraki rocks to reach their present size. The Moreaki rocks can be discovered in Koekohe beach located between the town of Moerkai and Hampden. Here, visitors can be creative with a variety of photo poses.
Photos from the 19th century show that there are more Moeraki rocks than today. It is said that visitors took small rocks as souvenirs. To prevent this, the Moeraki stones are currently protected, meaning they must not be taken, damaged or scribbled.
To see the Moeraki rocks firsthand, you can depart from Oamaru town or Dunedin city. The Moeraki rocks are approximately 40 km (30 minutes drive) south of Oamaru and 75 km (1 hour drive) north of Dunedin on National Highway 1. Tourists can also book tours. The tour for $ 210 includes other locations such as Blueskin Bay, Warington Village, Seacliff Village, Shag Point, …