Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Moeraki Marbles

Moeraki is a quiet fishing village on the east coast north of Dunedin, with not much more than a holiday park and a bar representing the town centre. Don't let yourself be fooled, though – it has much more to offer.

The real attraction is hidden behind the dunes: The Moeraki Boulders. Perfectly round rock marbles, ranging from a foot to 2 meters in diameter, partly broken into pieces or interveined by yellow crystal streaks. They are a fascinating sight, lying on the beach as if they just rolled down the cliffs. They are millions of years old, each having 'grown' around a core (shells, small stones, etc) buried at the bottom of the sea and packed tight into the huge boulders they now are, brought up above by the endless changing landscape.

They didn't let go of us for several days and we went to see them at day, dawn, night and dusk. Each time they were beautiful. A really magic place that fascinated us.


  1. AnonymousMay 20, 2014

    wow these pictures are basically amazing :O how did you do the night pictures? and what camera do you use/lenses? really great pictures!!!

  2. Hey there, thank you! The night pictures are done with an Olympus OM-D EM1, 12-40mm f2.8 lens. It was a long exposure with a tripod and some light painting on the boulders. The night shots are from my partner Kay, visit his website if you are interested: . Cheers! Lisa