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New Zealand. South Island And The Moeraki Boulders.

Sergey Dolya • 5 minutes read • November 18th, 2015
After five days of traveling by car along the North Island of New Zealand, we finally moved to the South. The first location after the night was Koekohe Beach. Each year, it welcomes around 100.000 tourists to see one nature's wonders - the huge Moeraki Boulders.
Hundreds of stones lay on the sandy beach that runs 984 feet (300 meters) long; some in the sea and some on land. There is still no definitive theory about the origin of these amazing stones, some of which are more than 6 feet (2 meters) in diameter. It is believed that they formed during the Paleocene period of the Cenozoic era (65.5-56 million years ago).
Because of the absence of a scientific theory, we can turn to the folklore of the tribe of Maiori. They argue that a tragedy took place on the coast many years ago: the great canoe, Arai-Te-Uru, was wrecked and all the food - pumpkins and potatoes - were washed up on shore. The captain, in despair, turned to stone on the shore and the scattered food on the coast followed his example. 

Since there were no direct flights to the island, we flew with one change: first on the ATR 72, then on an unknown plane. In total, the flight took three and a half hours and we found ourselves in the city of 


. It is the second largest city on the South island:

For the first time during this trip our hotel was located near the ocean. I opened the window and fell asleep to the sound of waves. However, in the morning all the romance was dispelled by the cold wind that blew in and I woke up feeling like I was sleeping on bench at the beach:
Dunedin is notable because here there is the steepest street in the world (

Baldwin Street


The street is really steep. It was a little scary to climb in our rental car, which on a straight road reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) with great anguish:



to the Koekohe beach, where the boulders are, we admired the views of the South Island:

When we reached the beach, the sky became cloudy. Photos of boulders acquired some dramatic effects:

Around the boulders there are a lot of stones of traditional forms and shapes, though after the closer examination it turned out that it is heavily pressed sand and clay:

Many of the boulders are split, allowing you to see their internal structure:

A shoe stuck out in the sandy slope in front of the beach. Apparently, it was thrown away from the top but during the landslide it came down to shore:

Local youth. All of them had beer.  Apparently, they come here to hang out:

Looks like Godzilla's eggs:

Under my feet is one of the biggest stones. It's scale on the wide-angle is not shown very effectively but believe me, the stone is very big:
Author: Sergeydolya

Translated by: Gian Luka

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