New Zealand, South Island, Otago coast (Moeraki+Katiki+Dunedin)

From Christchurch we headed south into the Otago Region along the coast making stops at the Moeraki Boulders, Katiki Point Historic Reserve and the city of Dunedin. I will apologize now for the excessive number of photos of boulders. I admit I was obsessed and took hundreds of photos from every conceivable angle. Consider yourselves lucky that I’m only posting a handful.

Moeraki Boulders


View on waking up on the second morning in New Zealand


Not a bad spot for some freedom camping


In search of dinosaur eggs


Distracted by the sunrise


Found them! The Moeraki Boulders are large spherical boulders of concretions washed out of the mudstone by coastal erosion. Concretions are formed when mineral deposits in water around a nucleus, often organic in nature such as a leaf or shell. They are pretty much geological curiosities that have taken millions of years to grow (Moeraki Boulders are from the Paleocene Epoch). They are also eerily cool, especially in the first morning light.


It’s easy to imagine that we have come across a nest of dinosaur eggs.


For a perspective on the size of the boulders


The Moeraki Boulders are a special type of concretions called septarian concretions due to their angular cavities. Here are my peeps checking out one of those cavities.


Sitting here since before mankind


Another cluster of boulders


My baby dinosaur hatching out


The cracks are a characteristic of septarian concretions. This one reminds me of a green turtle.


A look at the insides of the boulders


Katiki Point Historic Reserve


Katiki Point Historic Reserve is famous for its incredible coastal views and its resident penguins and fur seals.


Just a ten minute walk from the entrance will bring you to the point where gorgeous vistas and the resident colony of fur seals awaits.


Here’s one of the residents


I’m sure this one wanted me to scratch his belly but Marc was adamant that I not go near it. Tempting isn’t it?



Searching for penguins. Sadly it was too early in the day and they were all out fishing.


The countryside around Katiki Point




Otago Harbour and the surrounding countryside around the city of Dunedin



Here are the two reasons for our stop in Dunedin:) We were fortunate to have an old friend and a new friend play host and tour guide for us. Other than showing us incredible views of Dunedin they also took us to see glowworms! It was incredible to see them start glowing as the light of the day faded. Unfortunately my photography abilities just wasn’t good enough to capture their magic.



Otago Harbour on the left and Dunedin on the right as the sun is setting


7 thoughts on “New Zealand, South Island, Otago coast (Moeraki+Katiki+Dunedin)

  1. Such extraordinary beauty – I’ve only just read this now and am so happy you posted these! I love the Moeraki Boulders… they were my desktop wallpaper for a long time. I was delighted to see the kids sitting on them! ❤

    Thank you for the inspiration Shirley!


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