Day 24: Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand - Dunedin - Oamaru
Moeraki in New Zealand
Although the name Moeraki refers to a small fishing village, probably everyone associates this name, which means «Sleeping sky», to another place, close, but totally different: Moeraki Boulders or giant balls from New Zealand.
Inside the Moeraki Boulders Scenic Reserve we find this set of large and impressive rocks, nestled on the beach, with a perfect spherical shape, some of them 2 meters in diameter and several tons in weight.
The Maori legend tells that these giant stones are the pumpkins that fell from the Araiteuri canoe, when shipwrecked it is off this coast of the South Island of New Zealand but the scientists go a little further and explain that this is an erosion process, which has taken more than 60 million years and has turned these rocks of mud and calcite into incredible stone balls.
We like the first explanation much more, but we will not deny that the second one is much more credible ...