The Waitaki region is home to windswept beaches, mysterious boulders and Maori heritage.

You can't visit the Waitaki area without making a stop at the Moeraki Boulders. These huge, spherical boulders weighs several tonnes and are up to 2-metres high; steeped in Maori legend, it is said that the boulders are gourds washed ashore from a voyaging canoe. Contrastingly, scientists say the formations are made out of calcite and were formed 65 million years ago. Whichever story you believe, the boulders are beautiful and mysterious and make for a great photo opportunity. 

Observe the world's smallest penguin with a visit to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. You'll be able to watch them arriving home from their day at sea and returning to their nests. 

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