Millions year old geological formations, the Moeraki Boulders offer a surprising connection with Earth History. Situated 80km north of Dunedin, in the South Island of New Zealand, the are a scientific jewel, a Maori legend and a feast for the eyes.
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INFO & PLANNING TIPS - MOERAKI BOULDERS
The Moeraki boulders are one of the most intriguing geological formations that I have seen so far (with the giant’s playground in Namibia). It was fascinating to discover those huge boulders set up on this flat beach. Some of them reach 3 meters in diameters and weigh several tonnes!
Those boulders were formed by precipitation of calcite in mudstone over 4 million years and this happened 65 to 13 million years ago! Then the erosion did it works and revealed these giants, letting us touch old Earth history!
Maori legend tells that the boulders are remains of calabashes (kumaras and eel baskets) that washed ashore and were turned into stones after the legendary canoe, the Araiteuru was wrecked nearby.
Walking among the Moeraki Boulders
It is so impressive to see all those boulders perfectly round on such a flat classic beach. It is hard to get your mind around the idea of how they were created. I wish we had come earlier and had stayed longer for me to get more creative with the photography, but here are a few shots:
Having fun at the Moeraki Boulders
After taking some classic pictures, the group started being creative with them and having fun:
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