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Moeraki boulders

The Moeraki Boulders on the Koekohe Beach on the coast of Otago The Moeraki Boulders on the Koekohe Beach on the coast of Otago

Moeraki is now most famous for its boulders; mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high. Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago.

According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago.

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