Moeraki Boulders

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Take a short walk to see huge spherical boulders scattered on the beach or to watch for penguins and seals. Explore the area from one of the campsites.


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.

Visit Katiki Point - the southern point of Moeraki Peninsula. View the historic Katiki Point Lighthouse, Te Raka a Hineatea Pa site, yellow-eyed penguins, and fur seals amongst other marine wildlife.

Visit Shag Point/Matakaea - it has diverse marine life, iinteresting flora and is great for wildlife viewing.

Place overview


  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping

In this section

Find things to do and places to stay Moeraki area

About this place

Nature and conservation

Large numbers of New Zealand fur seals/kekeno haul out to rest on the rocky platforms around Katiki Point and Moeraki Peninsula. This is the main breeding area in North Otago. 

A variety of sea and shore birds breed here.

Katiki Point is the most significant breeding site for yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho in North Otago. 

Getting there

Moeraki is 40 km south of Oamaru on SH1. Walks and campsites in the area are between Herbert to the north and Palmerston to the south.

Moeraki Boulders are signposted on SH1 approximately 1 km south of Hampden. There are two ways to access the boulders. Both access points are signposted.

Know before you go

All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land.


Dunedin Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 474 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 The Octagon
Postal Address:   PO Box 5244
Moray Place
Dunedin 9058
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