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Unique in the world, the Moeraki Boulders are situated about 25 mins south
from Oamaru along Sh1.Tthey can be seen emerging from the cliffs and slowly
disappearing into the sand and the sea.
the beach at Moeraki which is some 40 kilometers south of Oamaru, the boulders
are a popular visitor attraction.
can walk along the beach to visit the boulders. The boulders can
be seen at high or low tide
to Maori tradition, the boulders are gourds and calabashes, which is traditional
maori food, washed from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was
wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand some 1000 years ago.
The soft mudstone
containing the boulders was raised from the sea bed around 15 million years
ago and sea erosion of the
cliff is exposing the erosion-resistant
Once on the beach,
the boulders are slowly destroyed by the sea
from the cliff, as if being born from the earth, the World
famous Moeraki Boulders are septerian concretions formed some 65 million
years ago. Crystallization of calcium and carbonates around charged particles
in muddy undersea sediments gradually formed the boulders in a process
taking as long as four million years.