For many, traveling to New Zealand is a dream trip, but once you’re able to check the country off your bucket list, the dream continues. The islands are known for their other-worldly landscapes, boasting breathtaking coastlines and unique natural wonders you don’t want to miss.
One of those wonders is the Moeraki Boulders—perfectly rounded and smooth boulders that scatter the South Island’s Koekohe Beach.
Maori legend says the perfectly spherical boulders are actually gourds that washed on shore after the Araiteuru, a canoe said to have brought the ancestors of the Ngai Tahu tribe to New Zealand, wrecked on the Otago coast hundreds of years ago.
Scientists say they’re made of natural concrete and formed by hardening sea sediment that has been smoothed over time by erosion. Each boulder weighs several tons, measures about nine feet in diameter, and dates back almost 60 million years.
The special stones make you feel like you’re walking on another planet. They are just off the scenic State Highway 1 and the perfect place to stop for a picnic lunch and some memorable photos.