Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

Reviews

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

28Oct18. Not enough there to spend the day but we were delighted by the boulders. They are in various states of preservation. Some lie in pieces, some are well on the way and some are whole. There is one just about out of the cliff and one just showing through.
We went through the tourist area and paid $2 each for access. Didn’t begrudge that at all. There is also a cafe and toilets.
There is a free Moeraki Boulders public parking just off the highway. Go down there if $2 is too much.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Sebasitian

Austria

Ranking: 7/10

Odd looking boulders embedded in sand, very crowded but cool visit anyway.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Jerome Cluzel

France

Ranking: 7/10

Good spot to see the phenomenon of Moeraki Boulders. Just a few minutes enough to get some pictures, not bothered to stay the day.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Franziska Liebe

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Interesting beach walk to the boulders (amazing big round rocks). On the other side of the peninsula walk to the seal colony. So amazed by the seals and penguins, awesome experience!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Sophie

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

$2 donation. Too many people there - come early or late. Sometimes you can see dolphins there, think about the tides!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Ulrich K

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Pretty hyped spot. Was not the best weather when we arrived (mid September) but I can't imagine it to be that good with nice weather. The Boulders itself are quite interesting but only for 5-10 minutes. Maybe go there during a sunset.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Jean Charlies Coudray

France

Ranking: 8/10

Surprising rocks, easy to get there, kids loved to play there.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Maarten

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

Not exciting and lots of tourists.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Alvaro Rodriguez

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

An awesome beach with strange boulders where you can take great photos.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Laura Munguira Vadillo

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

Great stones that look like they belong to another period of time.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Benedikt Maus

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Some nice round rocks in the sea, guess it is even more impressive at sunset and sunrise.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Nele Foerske

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A nice walk along the beach at low tide. The weather was so nice and until you reached the Boulders we were alone at the beach. The Boulders were good to visit, but a bit crowded.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Gavin Moffatt

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

An early whaling station settlement (1836) but the surprise is the large round boulder half buried in the sand, some cracked apart being washed by the incoming and outgoing tide. How they came to be here is a good question.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Brandon Patton

United States

Ranking: 10/10

How large they are and where they came from is interesting.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Philippa Buchanan

Ranking: 8/10

I appreciated these as examples of what nature can create but I like geology and geography. Others may find them less interesting/an anti climax. Go through the DOC walk entrance not via the restaurant (don't follow the big blue signs) so that you don't feel obliged to pay $2pp to use their steps down to the beach.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Liwen

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Really? You have to pay to get down a private way to the beach. Felt ripped off even though we followed the official signs.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Laura Harmon

United States

Ranking: 4/10

There are way cooler beaches in New Zealand! This is a tourist trap.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Katerina Vobecka

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting stuff, close to the road. Lots of other tourists though.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Radim Halasz

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place but not really an experience.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sophia Zaenglo

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It was nice and interesting to see.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Simon Striegel

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Near Oamaru is a beach with stones, they look like dragon eggs. It is cool to see but it was not a highlight.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Evie Sel

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Great!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Dan Wilson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

FREE..... boulders on a beach, look very pretty at dusk, worth a stop off along the way.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Sandrine

Ranking: 5/10

Impressive and mystical rocks. A bit disappointed by the fact that this place has become a huge tourist attraction.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Chris

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

The Boulders are rare and a lot of them are damaged.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Michael Menrath

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Approximately 10 of the boulders are there. Very touristy and busy, get there early over late. Use the free entrance straight after the railway crossing, not via the restaurant, they charge $2.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Nicole and Elliott

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

So interesting! People are not giving these boulders enough credit. One of our highlights that completely shocked us. Only thing we disliked was the 'donation' box, made you feel like you HAD to pay to see them.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Emma Rochester

Ranking: 10/10

Just a short walk along the beach, there is no excuse to not go visit these boulders. Free to get to and an interesting site. Quite touristy but worth a look. You can get some beautiful pictures especially at dusk.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Annabelle deMontignie

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

First thing to note is that the very well maintained steps to get down to the beach from the car park are privately owned and maintained and all they ask for is a $2 donation. So although it might be 'free' to some; the small price of $2 is nothing when you have easy access and toilets and restaurant and gift shop and bar (and there is free WiFi!). The boulders were well worth the trip - see them at low tide - we got some fantastic photos. Traveling in Winter means less tourists and easy access to everything. Quite incredible natural objects in a beautiful wild setting

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Dianne van der Wal

Ranking: 6/10

Very crowded (April) and commercial.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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James Webster

Ranking: 9/10

Good but very touristy. Follow DOC sign and you can see them for free.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Isabelle

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Very interesting formations especially if interested in geology. Don't need too much time here, but if travelling through definitely go here.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Carmen

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Really cool, spherical boulders along the beach. Best seen at low tide. Makes beautiful photography. Also lots of tours groups stopping by. Might be difficult to get a good shot at times!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Laure Cops

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful beach!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Matthias Thorn

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Nice Beach and nice Boulders. BUT: There are more beautiful beaches, more interesting places and features elsewere. And it is crowded because everybody wants to go there.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Bjorn Privat

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful and impressive. Nice place. We were lucky to have the beach almost on our own. It was cold and windy however there is a cafe afterwards. Great stop.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Viola

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Magic rocks on the beach, nice walk to the boulders.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Martin Sajdok

Slovakia

Ranking: 5/10

Nice but not very interesting and over crowded.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Karen Garvin

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Even on a rainy, blustery, overcast day, this was a 10 out of 10 experience - moody sky, ocean, really framed the boulders well. Fascinating and unique!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Julie Robinson

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Easy to get to. Beautiful boulders and plenty of photo opportunities.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Terry Seaman

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Ample parking with a short walk to the boulders down the white sand beach. The huge boulders are mysteriously stunning sitting in the middle of the sandy beach and the afternoon fog enhanced the experience tremendously. There are beautiful sea shells scattered along the beach along with a few live shellfish. We really enjoyed watching the gulls pick up clams and drop them from 10 meters up to crack the shell and feed on the animal inside.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jesper Andersen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Surprisingly cool. Unique.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Lena Jensen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Great experience of a weird geological phenomenon, very interesting!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jacqui Knight

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a great photo op !

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Nicolas Trezeguet

France

Ranking: 9/10

Even with poor weather these are impressive and mysterious.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Kim Maertens

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Easy walk from the car park to the beach, best when its low tide.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Brian

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting. Well worth the short amount of time required to stop and see these wonders of nature.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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FlyingKiwiGirl

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Still one if the best spots to visit on the way past. Great for photography if not too many people about. Don't be a stooge, pay the $2 to walk from the café if you want to save your legs.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Bettina Fluhrer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The boulders on the beach are looking like turtles. Free parking and good signs.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Stefan

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It is very nice to see the wonder of nature. You can see it for free.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Andrew Newark

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Worth Seeing although can be quite crowded especially over summer. Would recommend walking on further up beach where you can see other boulders, some still in the cliffs, and hector dolphins are often spotting in the surf offshore.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 6/10

SOOOOOOOOOO many tourists!
ps: nice boulders yes
But I know a spot where they have the same ones, with no tourists at all, nah nah!!! :):)

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Hanneke P

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

well worth a quick stop

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Tinne Cis

Belgium

Ranking: 4/10

Nothing special to see.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Sally Gordie

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

The Boulders are a natural wonder themselves!!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Oliver Hardt

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Moeraki - Otago.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Indra t Jolle

Belgium

Ranking: 2/10

Overrated.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Diane Moss

England

Ranking: 8/10

Walked along beach from campsite. Rained but double rainbow at boulders when sun came out.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Tadej Ferjan

Slovenia

Ranking: 9/10

A short walk.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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John A Jerome

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Nice beach to relax on.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Carel

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Ed & Katie Riches

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Impressive rocks and worth the short walk down the beach - even when it is starting to rain. Toddlers like standing/jumping off the boulders. But, don't give it more than 45 mins.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Russell

England

Ranking: 9/10

Good location.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Rebecca & Hugh Small

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

They were for free to view - excellent and fascinating.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Kai

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk on the beach. About 15 min, then you see the rocks lying in the water. Fascinating and for free!.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Marcus

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Fabulous sunrise.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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cruisysue

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

I'm glad we stopped off here, some of the best photo's of our family holiday. Great lighting and the boulders make awesome seats.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Lynda Hutchins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very good, nice beach - rather busy with coach parties.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Phill2517

United States

Ranking: 9/10

You've got to see these to believe it. Perfectly roud boulders sitting on a beach. Who put them there? The locals say they are natural. Worth a visit and it's free

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Fasto Maserati

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Something special.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Doris Neuber

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice walk on the beach, many birds, you can take lovely pictures.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Jochen

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Special beach experience, even in bad weather conditions.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Kai Eppink

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Stunning!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Manu & Gabi

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Moeraki boulders are very nice, nice walk on the beach from Moeraki.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Marcus

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Not too many people.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Marieke and Bert-Jan

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good access to the beach, nice restaurant and terrace, good food!! Although you are not alone, enough options to take pictures of boulders without people on it.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jensen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Kids love them.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Montys

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Best at low tide! We waited and went to Fleurs place for coffee - wish it was either lunch time or dinner time - the food looks amazing!! The coffee was great - then got to spend some time on the boulders so it was worth the wait.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Main

Guernsey

Ranking: 9/10

Needs to be seen.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Mathias

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Rocks at the beach. Interesting erosion, but nothing spectacular. Most "scenic" rocks I've seen in New Zealand and Australia are more spectacular. They are just a few metres off the road, so you don't loose any time watching them, but I would not drive a hundred km just to see these stones...

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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JonK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Another 'must see' whilst in NZ. Almost perfectly spherical boulders set into the beach, like nothing else you've seen on earth.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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SophieC

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

very beautiful - not to touristic

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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JanW

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Stones at the beach...more hype than anything.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Krause

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We are glad we didn't miss seeing these boulders.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Neal

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Walk on to the beach in low tide to see perfectly round boulders sticking out of the sand.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Anna

United States

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful, free sight to experience. It was one of my favorite places during my trip in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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John Helle

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Very interesting. Worth the ride to them.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Marcel Schleinkcfer

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice and astonishing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Ann Riley

England

Ranking: 8/10

Easily accessible from DOC car park + walk! More boulders than I had realised.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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middendorp

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Interesting attraction. Free to visit.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Rose and Jess Damon and Esler

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Our Moeraki Boulders experience was epic. We discovered that they are rather difficult to get to at high tide, and our efforts to avoid wading through a river involved wading through the mud on somebody's farm instead. This was soon followed by dodging sneaky waves as we ran along the beach trying to get the photo of a lifetime and stay dry. Jess was unsuccessful, as her Spiderman pose on the cliff face ended with her sinking straight into that same cliff face and extracting very muddy ankles as a result. If only we had known BEFOREHAND that there was a set of perfectly good wooden steps leading directly down to the Boulders from a nearby cafe.

Reviewed over 11 years ago