22 Things Not To Miss In New Zealand – Moeraki Boulders

On New Zealand’s Otago coast on Koekohe beach near Moeraki can be found these wondrous spherical stones. These ancient sea floor sediments were originally formed 60 million years ago and have eroded into there boulder-like form through seashore exposure.

According to Maori legend the boulders are the remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after a legendary shipwreck of the famed Araiteuru canoe at nearby Shag Point (Matakaea).

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