Boy oh boy…we did a big road trip south of South Island, New Zealand in Dec 2015. By far longer (days and distance) than the previous road trip we did to Nelson. Its the year end long Christmas break and we knew we had to seize the opportunity before heading home. Work has been tiring me out (more mentally really)and I agreed to Meun’s suggestion of this road trip without much thought. She did all the planning for the trip. Food, accommodation, places, petrol stations, shops and the list goes on. She did an awesome job indeed.
Our first destination was Dunedin to meet Sri. A fellow NZAid and a really nice chap who agreed to show us around. It is a 345km drive from Lincoln, Canterbury. Thankfully there weren’t many cars on the road. We did a few toilet breaks along the way. As we were about to reach Dunedin, we made a detour to Koekohe Beach (Otago Coast) to check out some million years old Moeraki boulders.
As usual, I was skeptical (and cynical- quietly that is) when Meun fist told me we were making a 45 minutes detour just to look at some really really old rocks. I always associate boulders with rock climbing and neither really tickle my fancy. But being the good hubbie I am, I followed through and surprisingly, the boulders are actually interesting. To me, seeing them round- egg like boulders gives me the goose bumps. From a far they look like any random scattered large rocks but when you get closer you realize they look like giant dinosaur eggs!
Some of the Moeraki boulders are really huge. They are hollow inside and to me its simply odd how they can even exist. There are crystal like parts on the inside and crack lines on the outside. Something you’d expect to see in an alien sort of movie.
The Moeraki boulders is really a big hit among the tourists. There is a big building with cafe, merchandise etc with a spacious car park for buses and smaller vehicles to park to get to the beach. The walkway is well built and wooden steps available down to the beach. No wheelchair ramp available (probably not advisable anyway).
Lunch for the day was confined within the walls of our trusty 96 Toyota Previa. It started to rain and luckily we had already prepared and packed our lunch. Nothing beats having lunch in a spacious car with your family in such beautiful cool weather
With skies clearing up, we finally continued our drive to our hotel in Dunedin. The first day our our 8 days south of South Island, New Zealand road trip covered more than 400km. We were a bit tired but the visit to the Moeraki boulders was definitely worth the time and effort. We check in to our hotel and took a easy for the rest of the day.
More information on Moeraki Boulders below: