From one end of the world to the other, we can meet landscapes that seem from outside this planet. From pictures more typical of the moon, such as the Barranco de Gebas, in Spain, to deserts with natural pools between the dunes, the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, or mountains with all the colors of the rainbow, the Quebrada de Humahuaca. In short, enclaves that you would never imagine exist outside of a fantasy film.

Another perfect example is an enclave full of mystery, a paradisiacal beach that extends along the east coast of New Zealand: Koekohe beach. This place would be normal and ordinary, if it weren’t for the strange sphere shaped rocks that rest on the sand, called Moeraki Boulders.

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Koekohe Beach

In the Otago region, between the towns of Moeraki and Hampden, the curious Koekohe beach opens its way. This corner of the New Zealand coast has attracted the attention of many curious people, who come to see the mysterious Moeraki Boulders.

Koekohe Beach.
Koekohe Beach.

Specifically, these rocks scattered throughout the sand are septarian concretions, that is, an accumulation of particles transported in solution by the water that create a mass with cracks inside. These formations grew in size on the seabed and adopted their rounded shape due to water erosion. And although this is the scientific explanation, Maori legends assure that it is pumpkins washed ashore by the waves (and transformed into stone) from the Āraiteuru canoe. This boat, according to tradition, transported the ancestors of the Maori to New Zealand.

The unusual Moeraki Boulders

What is unusual and unusual about these rocks are their enormous dimensions. The Moeraki Boulders began to form around 65 million years and they grew in size for 5 million years, thus reaching up to 3 meters in diameter and a weight of several tons.

Koekohe Beach.
Koekohe Beach.

However, this beach is not only worth visiting for its surprising rocks, but also for its landscape of endless sands and its wild life. In fact, in the place we will find everything from a penguin sanctuary to a colony of seals and specimens of dolphins.

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