Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand in B & W

The Moeraki Boulders are a natural phenomenon that lay along a stretch of the Koekohe Beach on the Otago coast of New Zealand.

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They are located between Moeraki and Hampden on the South Island.

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We were expecting them to be bigger and as we walked up to them we wondered what's the big deal? But upon closer inspection, they are quite spectacular.

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Scientists claim that the Moeraki boulders were formed millions of years ago due to muddy sediments slowly forming the boulders through erosion, wave action and landslide.

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We think aliens are more likely :-)

Or possibly the Maori Legend that the boulders are the remains of the wreck of an ancient Arai-te-uru, a large sailing canoe.

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Whatever it may be, the boulders are fascinating and make for a great photo opportunity. Check them out for yourselves and tell us your take on how they were formed.

We stopped at the Moreaki Boulders on a travel day with the Flying Kiwi, one of the many stops that you will encounter on a trip around New Zealand's South Island.

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