Koekohe Beach

Moeraki beach boulders
Koekohe beach

The long sandy beach at Koekohe is famous for one thing - the Moeraki Boulders. These particularly large spherical boulders are technically known as septarian concretions. Some of the rocks measure nearly 3 metres across and most have a cracks in their surfaces making them appear like some sort of giant dinosaur eggs. The fact that they are hollow

The traditional Māori explanation for the rocks existence is even less likely. The legend is that they are the remains of eel baskets washed up from the wreck of the Āraiteuru, the large sailing canoe which brought their ancestors to the South Island.

In fact they were formed over 60 million years ago from prehistoric mud. It is believed their spherical shape is because they actually 'grew' in a process of crystallisation which lasted around 5 million years. Originally they were buried in the sea floor but as this rose up into cliffs and was eroded the harder boulders were revealed.

As well as the bizarre boulders Koekohe beach is also home to some interesting wildlife. There is a yellow-eyed penguin sanctuary, a seal colony and Hectors dolphins can be seen playing in the waves off the beach.

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Koekohe Beach Weather Info

5 Day Koekohe Beach UV Index

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Koekohe Beach tide times & sea state

Thu 18/07 »

Surf report for Thu 18/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 7mph
12:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 5mph
18:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
High 4:11am (2.00m)
Low 10:32am (0.52m)
High 4:33pm (2.05m)
Low 10:55pm (0.59m)
Daylight
First light07:36
Sunrise08:09
Sunset17:16
Dark17:49

Fri 19/07 »

Surf report for Fri 19/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 7mph
12:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 4:52am (1.96m)
Low 11:12am (0.56m)
High 5:13pm (2.00m)
Low 11:34pm (0.63m)
Daylight
First light07:35
Sunrise08:08
Sunset17:17
Dark17:50

Sat 20/07 »

Surf report for Sat 20/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 8ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
High 5:34am (1.92m)
Low 11:53am (0.59m)
High 5:52pm (1.94m)
Daylight
First light07:34
Sunrise08:07
Sunset17:18
Dark17:51

Sun 21/07 »

Surf report for Sun 21/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
18:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 12:14am (0.67m)
High 6:16am (1.88m)
Low 12:34pm (0.63m)
High 6:31pm (1.89m)
Daylight
First light07:34
Sunrise08:06
Sunset17:19
Dark17:52

Mon 22/07 »

Surf report for Mon 22/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
15:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 12:56am (0.70m)
High 6:59am (1.86m)
Low 1:16pm (0.67m)
High 7:15pm (1.84m)
Daylight
First light07:33
Sunrise08:05
Sunset17:20
Dark17:52

Tue 23/07 »

Surf report for Tue 23/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 15mph
21:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
Low 1:40am (0.73m)
High 7:46am (1.84m)
Low 2:00pm (0.71m)
High 8:02pm (1.82m)
Daylight
First light07:32
Sunrise08:04
Sunset17:21
Dark17:53

Today's weather

Cloudy

4 °C
(39 °F)

Gentle breeze, 13.3 km/h from NNW

Sea temperature

11.8°C / 53.2°F

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