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.
Odd looking boulders embedded in sand, very crowded but cool visit anyway.
Good spot to see the phenomenon of Moeraki Boulders. Just a few minutes enough to get some pictures, not bothered to stay the day.
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!
$2 donation. Too many people there - come early or late. Sometimes you can see dolphins there, think about the tides!
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.
Jean Charlies Coudray
Surprising rocks, easy to get there, kids loved to play there.
Not exciting and lots of tourists.
An awesome beach with strange boulders where you can take great photos.
Laura Munguira Vadillo
Great stones that look like they belong to another period of time.
Some nice round rocks in the sea, guess it is even more impressive at sunset and sunrise.
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.
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.
How large they are and where they came from is interesting.
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.
Really? You have to pay to get down a private way to the beach. Felt ripped off even though we followed the official signs.
There are way cooler beaches in New Zealand! This is a tourist trap.
Interesting stuff, close to the road. Lots of other tourists though.
Nice place but not really an experience.
It was nice and interesting to see.
Near Oamaru is a beach with stones, they look like dragon eggs. It is cool to see but it was not a highlight.
FREE..... boulders on a beach, look very pretty at dusk, worth a stop off along the way.
Impressive and mystical rocks. A bit disappointed by the fact that this place has become a huge tourist attraction.
The Boulders are rare and a lot of them are damaged.
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.
Nicole and Elliott
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.
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.
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
Dianne van der Wal
Very crowded (April) and commercial.
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Good but very touristy. Follow DOC sign and you can see them for free.
Very interesting formations especially if interested in geology. Don't need too much time here, but if travelling through definitely go here.
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!
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.
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.
Magic rocks on the beach, nice walk to the boulders.
Nice but not very interesting and over crowded.
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!
Easy to get to. Beautiful boulders and plenty of photo opportunities.
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.
Surprisingly cool. Unique.
Great experience of a weird geological phenomenon, very interesting!
What a great photo op !
Even with poor weather these are impressive and mysterious.
Easy walk from the car park to the beach, best when its low tide.
Interesting. Well worth the short amount of time required to stop and see these wonders of nature.
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.
The boulders on the beach are looking like turtles. Free parking and good signs.
It is very nice to see the wonder of nature. You can see it for free.
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.
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!!! :):)
well worth a quick stop
Nothing special to see.
The Boulders are a natural wonder themselves!!!
Moeraki - Otago.
Indra t Jolle
Walked along beach from campsite. Rained but double rainbow at boulders when sun came out.
A short walk.
John A Jerome
Nice beach to relax on.
Ed & Katie Riches
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.
Rebecca & Hugh Small
They were for free to view - excellent and fascinating.
Nice walk on the beach. About 15 min, then you see the rocks lying in the water. Fascinating and for free!.
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.
Very good, nice beach - rather busy with coach parties.
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
Nice walk on the beach, many birds, you can take lovely pictures.
Special beach experience, even in bad weather conditions.
Manu & Gabi
Moeraki boulders are very nice, nice walk on the beach from Moeraki.
Not too many people.
Marieke and Bert-Jan
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.
Kids love them.
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.
Needs to be seen.
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...
Another 'must see' whilst in NZ. Almost perfectly spherical boulders set into the beach, like nothing else you've seen on earth.
very beautiful - not to touristic
Stones at the beach...more hype than anything.
We are glad we didn't miss seeing these boulders.
Walk on to the beach in low tide to see perfectly round boulders sticking out of the sand.
A beautiful, free sight to experience. It was one of my favorite places during my trip in New Zealand.
Very interesting. Worth the ride to them.
Nice and astonishing.
Easily accessible from DOC car park + walk! More boulders than I had realised.
Interesting attraction. Free to visit.
Rose and Jess Damon and Esler
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.