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South of South Island road trip- Moeraki Boulders

A good solid 8 days of road trip, South Island, New Zealand!

A good solid 8 days of road trip, South Island, New Zealand!

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.

My trusty bag of Nachos to keep me awake through the ordeous 345km of paved road

My trusty bag of Nachos to keep me awake through the ordeous 345km of paved road

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.

One of the boulders scattered on the beach

One of the boulders scattered on the beach

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!

They really do look like dinosaur eggs up close

They really do look like dinosaur eggs up close

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.

All the boulders are said to be hollow inside

All the boulders are said to be hollow inside

 

Yang and Meun inspectiong one of the open boulder

Yang and Meun inspecting one of the open boulder- looks a bit like the inside of a ‘Pitan’ egg (century year old egg)

 

The crystal like formation on one of the pieces

The crystal like formation on one of the pieces

 

Some of these boulders are more than 4 million years old. Imagine that!

Some of these boulders are more than 4 million years old. Imagine that!

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).

Note the amount of sand brushed off the shoes of visitors here- testament of how many people has passed this place

Note the amount of sand brushed off the shoes of visitors here- testament of how many people has passed this place

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

Wraps for lunch...with ham, avocado, lettuce...yummy

Wraps for lunch…with ham, avocado, lettuce…yummy

 

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:

Wikipedia

Department of Conservation, New Zealand

 

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