The Moeraki boulders - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Moeraki

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Moeraki in the Video tab.

In Māori tradition the remarkable spherical boulders on Moeraki beach are eel pots – or baskets of kūmara (sweet potato) washed ashore from the Ārai-te-uru voyaging canoe. To scientists the boulders are concretions, formed around 60 million years ago from sediment and calcite.

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Moeraki boulders
North Otago
Canoes of the South Island

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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