Jan 12

Day 20: Moeraki Boulders to Christchurch

by in New Zealand Travel, Sightseeing NZ

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We filled up with petrol – lost the receipt but it was about NZ$100 – and stopped briefly to take a look at the steepest street in the world – Baldwin Street. We didn’t attempt to climb it as there is nowhere to turn, except in someone’s driveway. Other cars didn’t mind doing that.

 

Baldwin St

Baldwin St, Dunedin

Moeraki Boulders

The Google Map for Moeraki Boulders is out of date. Someone has plonked a cafe/gift shop and built a walkway down to the beach (a sign asks for a donation if you don’t buy at the shop). There is a motel and a deer farm as well.

Nobody can explain how these near-spherical boulders have appeared in this spot. Some look as though the stone fragments have been cemented together. When we lived in Dunedin, one house had a tiny Moeraki boulder in their George Street front garden.

 

Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders, near Oamaru

red hot pokers

Some "red hot pokers" near Moeraki Boulders

We had lunch in Oamaru and then drove past Timaru, Temuka, Ashburton and reached Christchurch around 4 pm. It’s about a 4 hour journey if you don’t stop, but most people do it in about 6 hours.

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