Moeraki Boulders New Zealand

Stock Photography By Sally Hill

The Moeraki Boulders, popular with tourists, now protected by law are found scattered along the beach near Moeraki on the South Island, NZ. Formed c. 60 million years ago they consist of a core of plant, shell or bone pieces found within mudstone around which calcium carbonate (calcite) was deposited. A very long process it took c. 4 million years to form the largest boulder.

The Moeraki Boulders are spherical South Island NZ
The Moeraki Boulders are
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Looking along the beach towards the Moeraki Boulders
Looking along the beach towards
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Young couple visiting Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ
Young couple visiting Moeraki
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A huge cracked boulder embedded in the sand South Island, NZ
A huge cracked boulder embedded
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Looking surreal in the late afternoon light Moeraki Boulders NZ
Looking surreal in the late
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A Moeraki Boulder
A Moeraki Boulder's texture
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Large stones in the sand Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ
Large stones in the sand
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Tourists amongst the Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ
Tourists amongst the Moeraki
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Tourists photographing the Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ
Tourists photographing the
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Ancient relics moody atmosphere the Moeraki Boulders NZ
Ancient relics moody atmosphere
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Large cracked Moeraki Boulder exposed by erosion NZ
Large cracked Moeraki Boulder
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Tourist exploring Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ
Tourist exploring Moeraki
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Timeless sea tide and Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ
Timeless sea tide and Moeraki
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Enormous graffitied Moeraki Boulder, South Island, NZ
Enormous graffitied Moeraki
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Tourists leaving Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ
Tourists leaving Moeraki
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1. The Moeraki Boulders are spherical South Island NZ. The boulders are spherical and lie in and out of the sea depending on the tide.

2. Looking along the beach towards the Moeraki Boulders. Within the scenic reserve the boulders lie scattered along the beach in and out of the water depending on the tide.

3. Young couple visiting Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ. Their shape and size make the Moeraki Boulders a popular tourist site.

4. A huge cracked boulder embedded in the sand South Island, NZ. A huge, circular and cracked boulder embedded in the sand at the water's edge.

5. Looking surreal in the late afternoon light Moeraki Boulders NZ. Looking surreal in the late afternoon light the Moeraki boulders are magical.

6. A Moeraki Boulder's texture South Island, NZ. A closeup image of a Moeraki Boulder's texture.

7. Large stones in the sand Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ. Large stones spotted in the sand along the beach at the Moeraki Boulders.

8. Tourists amongst the Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ. Tourists amongst the Moeraki Boulders.

9. Tourists photographing the Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ. Tourists photographing the Moeraki Boulders,

10. Ancient relics moody atmosphere the Moeraki Boulders NZ. The moody atmosphere suits these ancient, c 60 million years, ancient relics. The Moeraki Boulders are found south of Oamaru just off the main highway to Dunedin.

11. Large cracked Moeraki Boulder exposed by erosion NZ. A large cracked Moeraki Boulder exposed by erosion, at the foot of the cliffs backing the beach.

12. Tourist exploring Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ. A tourist exploring the awesome Moeraki Boulders.

13. Timeless sea tide and Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ. The Moeraki Boulders appear as timeless as the sea and tides that ebb and flow.

14. Enormous graffitied Moeraki Boulder, South Island, NZ. This enormous Moeraki Boulder has had graffiti etched into it. Fortunately the site has been designated a scenic reserve and is now protected by law.

15. Tourists leaving Moeraki Boulders, South Island, NZ. Tourists heading back along the beach after leaving the Moeraki Boulders

 

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