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 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 5mph
18:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 12:53am (0.60m)
High 6:55am (1.85m)
Low 1:12pm (0.58m)
High 7:18pm (1.91m)
Daylight
First light07:24
Sunrise07:56
Sunset17:10
Dark17:42

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 4mph
12:00 3ft 12s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 1:42am (0.64m)
High 7:49am (1.83m)
Low 1:59pm (0.62m)
High 8:09pm (1.88m)
Daylight
First light07:25
Sunrise07:57
Sunset17:09
Dark17:41

Sat 25/05 »

Surf report for Sat 25/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 2ft 14s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 2:32am (0.66m)
High 8:41am (1.82m)
Low 2:47pm (0.65m)
High 9:00pm (1.87m)
Daylight
First light07:25
Sunrise07:58
Sunset17:08
Dark17:41

Sun 26/05 »

Surf report for Sun 26/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 3ft 15s  °  ° 12mph
21:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 3:21am (0.67m)
High 9:31am (1.83m)
Low 3:34pm (0.67m)
High 9:49pm (1.87m)
Daylight
First light07:26
Sunrise07:59
Sunset17:07
Dark17:40

Mon 27/05 »

Surf report for Mon 27/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
21:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
Low 4:08am (0.67m)
High 10:17am (1.86m)
Low 4:21pm (0.68m)
High 10:34pm (1.89m)
Daylight
First light07:27
Sunrise08:00
Sunset17:06
Dark17:39

Tue 28/05 »

Surf report for Tue 28/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
18:00 6ft 6s  °  ° 29mph
Tide times
Low 4:53am (0.66m)
High 10:59am (1.90m)
Low 5:10pm (0.68m)
High 11:17pm (1.91m)
Daylight
First light07:28
Sunrise08:01
Sunset17:06
Dark17:39

Today's weather

Fair

8 °C
(46 °F)

Gentle breeze, 14.8 km/h from NW

Sea temperature

12.8°C / 55°F

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