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Moeraki Boulders Vacation Packages (Flight + Hotel)
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These ancient, geological oddities have been capturing the imaginations of scientists and the local people for years.

Marvel at the remarkable size and near-perfect, round shape of the Moeraki Boulders and study the beautiful patterns marking the rocks. Walk along a secluded beach and spot fur seals playing offshore.

Find these mysterious spherical boulders scattered across pretty Koekohe Beach. Each boulder weighs several tons and the larger ones have a diameter of up to 3 metres (10 feet).

Maori legend says that these are eel baskets that were washed up here when the voyaging Araiteuru canoe was wrecked on nearby Shag Point. Scientists explain the obscure objects as mudstone concretions that were formed approximately 60 million years ago.

Look closely at the boulders and notice how some appear cracked while others have flowing lines and lighter colours. These features are believed to be a result of weathering and reactions with minerals such as dolomite and quartz.

Not just the setting for these remarkable natural wonders, Koekohe Beach is also a fantastic spot for a coastal stroll and to simply relax on the sand. Lucky walkers may even see dolphins and fur seals splashing in the water not far from the shore.

Follow a refreshing walk with a trip to the waterfront café found on the hill above the boulders. Enjoy a drink as you take in the view and refuel with a sandwich or some freshly cooked fish. Before you leave, head to the gift shop next door to buy souvenirs, clothes and jewellery that has been created by local artisans.

Koekohe Beach is located on the Otago coast, a 30-minute drive south of Oamaru and an hour north of Dunedin. The beach and boulders can be accessed at any time and the café and shop are open daily.

Top Hotels Close to Moeraki Boulders

Fabulous Country Getaway - 50 Minutes to Forsyth Barr Stadium
Fabulous Country Getaway - 50 Minutes to Forsyth Barr Stadium
41 Leicester St, Hampden, Otago
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Situated in Hampden, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Hampden Beach and Moeraki Boulders. Moeraki Lighthouse is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Birthday celebrations

"A lovely place for a family get together. Plenty of space to spread out and to socialize."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2019

Fabulous Country Getaway - 50 Minutes to Forsyth Barr Stadium
Welcome to our Relaxing Haven
Welcome to our Relaxing Haven
100 Haven St, Moeraki, Otago
The price is CA $123 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24

Nestled on the beach, this Moeraki cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moeraki Lighthouse, Hampden Beach and Moeraki Boulders. Shag Point Scenic Reserve is 9.3 ...

5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Very good value.

"Totally met all expectations."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2020

Welcome to our Relaxing Haven
The Mill House
The Mill House
3 out of 5
2358 Herbert-Hampden Road, Herbert
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Situated on the riverwalk, this guesthouse is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Hampden Beach and within 9 miles (15 km) of Moeraki Boulders and Totara Estate. Moeraki Lighthouse ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (46 reviews)

"Appeared to be only ones there on night of stay. Room clean but dated. Staff had turned on heating in room prior to arriving as chilly, nice touch."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2018

The Mill House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Moeraki Boulders

Fabulous Country Getaway - 50 Minutes to Forsyth Barr Stadium
Fabulous Country Getaway - 50 Minutes to Forsyth Barr Stadium
41 Leicester St, Hampden, Otago
Fabulous Country Getaway - 50 Minutes to Forsyth Barr Stadium
Welcome to our Relaxing Haven
Welcome to our Relaxing Haven
100 Haven St, Moeraki, Otago
The price is CA $123 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24
Welcome to our Relaxing Haven
The Mill House
The Mill House
3 out of 5
2358 Herbert-Hampden Road, Herbert
The Mill House
Oceanside Beach Retreat
Oceanside Beach Retreat
41 Harbour Terrace, Kakanui, Otago
Oceanside Beach Retreat
Kakanui Bach With Views of the sea
Kakanui Bach With Views of the sea
14 Anderson Street, Kakanui, Kakanui, Otago
Kakanui Bach With Views of the sea
Kakanui Cube Facing the sea
Kakanui Cube Facing the sea
1 Nasmyth St, Kakanui, Otago
The price is CA $274 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
Kakanui Cube Facing the sea
The Hideaway @ Kakanui
The Hideaway @ Kakanui
6 Chambers Street, Kakanui, Kakanui, Otago
The Hideaway @ Kakanui
Old Bones Lodge
Old Bones Lodge
2.5 out of 5
468 Beach Road, Awamoa
The price is CA $79 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
Old Bones Lodge
Northstar Motel
Northstar Motel
4.5 out of 5
495A Thames Highway, Oamaru
The price is CA $127 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
Northstar Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.