Amazing Places – The Mysterious Moeraki Boulders

We were driving north from Balclutha towards Christchurch on the east coast of New Zealand back in 2007, and we discovered these mysterious Moeraki Boulders.  The Moeraki Boulders are a group of very large spherical “stones”, and they were scattered like enormous marbles from some giants.  There were hundreds of them.


These boulders are actually concretions formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago that have now been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs.


The Boulders are one of the most fascinating and popular attractions on the South Island.

Some of the boulders weigh several tonnes and are up to 3 meters in diameter.

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.


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





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