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Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Village, Oamaru, New Zealand
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Oamaru
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: The mystical Moeraki Boulders captured at dawn.
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were prompted to visit the Moeraki Boulders by the excellent but quirky guide book New Zealand Frenzy which points out a number of worth visiting but 'not quite major' attractions. As other have said, check the tide times and try to arrive early or late in the day, particularly if you want to take photographs. The boulders are fascinating... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

If you're in or around Dunedin, make the drive to the Otago Peninsula to see the Moeraki Boulders. The large boulders on the beach are unreal and the scenery with the crashing waves is ecstatic.

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Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

These boulders are really weird so make sure you take a look when you go through the South Island. If you want to take that special photo, you should go there either at dusk or at dawn so that you get some nice colours in the background.

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Noosa, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I love those rocks just make sure you time your trip with an outgoing low tide. You can pay to use a track or drive about 3 minutes up the road to the local council car park and then walk along the beach for free. The boulders still amaze me so round and yet natural. The beach is beautiful and... More

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Here3 is a site that few people in the world will ever see. The Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical boulders range in size from small, maybe several inches, to up to 3 meters or seven feet. http://www.newzealand.com/us/feature/moeraki-boulders/ Here is a picture. We were there early in the morning, before sunrise. Matter-of-fact go to: http://www.lynettekent.com and you will see these boulders... More

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sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

These boulders are pretty fascinating. It is a nice short walk along the beach to see them, and walk among them. Definitely worth a stop if in the area.

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Berkeley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Before I visited, I was pretty excited to see the Moeraki Boulders. However, unlike most of the mind-blowing scenery on New Zealand's South Island, I found the Moeraki Boulders kind of underwhelming. I admit, my expectations were inflated: from the photos I'd seen, I somehow imagined a more impressive setting: more boulders scattered over a broad, scenic coastline. In reality,... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

A revisit here after many years shows some things retain their magic. Don't park at cafe if you want to just see the boulders- drive bit further to car park then you can enjoy the walk along the beach to the boulders for free...

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Make sure that you visit the Moeraki Boulders if you are near Oamaru. They are amazing wonders and as show just how amazing nature and our planet is. It is better to go when the tide is out and then you can get great photos of them and of course you on and by them. They are simply facsinating boulders.... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We went at the worst time - middle of the day, in December, tide was in -- and had a great time exploring. It's a lovely beach on which to stroll, the boulders were interesting, as was the info available about them, and the crowd was laid-back. We helped each other take and stage photos. We parked in the free... More

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