Moeraki is a small and sleepy fishing village on the south-east coast of the South Island, nestled under a peninsula
with a rare north-facing outlook over the rest of the coast.
Meaning 'sleepy sky', or 'a place to rest by day', Moeraki maintains the feel of this old Maori resting place; the
village hugs a quiet, golden-crescent beach and fishing boats scatter the bay, providing the area with an abundance of
the freshest seafood. Enjoy watching the boats come and go from the famous Fleur's Place restaurant, or head to the
Moeraki Lighthouse to spy on yellow eyed penguins.
Located 70 km north of the city of Dunedin, Moeraki is now most famous for its
boulders; mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach just north
of the village, some more than 2 metres (6.6 feet) across. Formed in ancient sea floor sediments around
60 million years ago by a similar process to the formation of pearls, the Moeraki Boulders are a must see if
you're driving between Oamaru and Dunedin, and can be accessed
off State Highway 1.
Otago Daily Times
Beached whale euthanisedOtago Daily TimesCoastal Otago biodiversity ranger Jim Fyfe praised the efforts of the up to 15 people who tried for six hours to save the stranded 4m female whale south of Moeraki, but he said the "very rare" event indicated that the lone whale was likely already unwell.and more »
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