It has taken 55 million years for these boulders to form. We arrived just at the right time to see them before the tide came back in and engulfed them.
This was another unexpected find. Only 4 days left now before we fly back to the North Island. So it is Oamaru, then inland to Lake Tekapo and the foothills of Mount Cook. Another “must-see”. Already we are telling ourselves that we must come back. When we see the sign post for Moeraki and the “famous boulders”, that we had never heard of, we just have to take the side trip to find out what they are.
Only 15 kilometres along the road we entered the delightful seaside village of Moeraki. The first place we passed had a Backpacker sign up. It was still only 2pm but because we were only 30 kilometers from Oamaru we decided to stay the night here instead of in the city. Good decision, Noah’s backpackers was like a motel but not motel prices. Again we had the place to ourselves. Pauline, the manager, Told us about the interesting places to see. Of course the boulders was top of the list, low tide it is the only time they can be seen and we were lucky to arrive just as the tide was turning. Then it was the walk around the cliff top to the light house and past the seal colony. At sunset the little yellow penguins came in. This is one of the few places you can watch these cute little fellows.
It was 7-30 as we walked past the light house and down to the bird hide to watch for the penguins coming in from the ocean after spending a day out looking for food. The hide already had a dozen people craning their necks and waiting with cameras poised. Suddenly some one whispered “there’s one”. “Where, where,” said the back row. You had to be quick, also have better eye sight then we had, to spot the tiny penguins as they darted across the exposed strip of sand and rocks to the cover of the bush. Eventually we did see a couple, but it was now getting dark. So after a very satisfying day we went “home” and settled in for the night.
Tomorrow it is on to Oamaru…