Moeraki Boulders

Introduction

The Moeraki Boulders are geological marvels, exposed by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down from 65 to 13 million years ago. They are formed by the gradual precipitation of calcite in mudstone over 4 million years. These spherical concretions are internationally significant for their scientific value and are a popular tourist attraction.

Location

Moeraki is on the East Coast of the South Island, 35 km south of Oamaru, and 80 km north of Dunedin.

Getting there

Moeraki Boulders. Photo: Nicola Vallance.
Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders are signposted on State Highway 1 approximately 1 km south of Hampden.

There are two ways to access the boulders. Both access points are signposted.

Tracks and walks

Take a 10 minute (300 metre) stroll along the beach from Moeraki Boulders Scenic Reserve carpark and picnic area. 

Alternatively, take the track leading from the cafe at the end of a private road directly to the beach.

A short loop track (150 metres) also begins from the cafe. Take this track to view the boulders from above.

The tracks from the cafe are suitable for pushchairs and disabled people but not wheelchairs, as they start with several steps.  

Places to stay


There is no on-site accommodation, and camping is not permitted. There are motor camps at Hampden and Moeraki, and Moeraki village provides a range of private accommodation. The nearest DOC campsite is at Trotters Gorge.  

 

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

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Contacts

Ōtepoti / Dunedin Office
Phone:      +64 3 477 0677
Email:   dunedinvc@doc.govt.nz
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