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

Fri 22/02 »

Surf report for Fri 22/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
13:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
19:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 02:20am (0.45m)
High 08:27am (5.83m)
Low 02:43pm (0.48m)
High 08:47pm (5.49m)
Daylight
First light06:31
Sunrise07:02
Sunset20:38
Dark21:08

Sat 23/02 »

Surf report for Sat 23/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
13:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 8mph
19:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 02:59am (0.73m)
High 09:02am (5.56m)
Low 03:22pm (0.85m)
High 09:21pm (5.22m)
Daylight
First light06:33
Sunrise07:03
Sunset20:36
Dark21:07

Sun 24/02 »

Surf report for Sun 24/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 24mph
13:00 6ft 6s  °  ° 26mph
19:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 28mph
Tide times
Low 03:37am (1.11m)
High 09:36am (5.21m)
Low 03:59pm (1.29m)
High 09:54pm (4.91m)
Daylight
First light06:34
Sunrise07:05
Sunset20:34
Dark21:05

Mon 25/02 »

Surf report for Mon 25/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
13:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Low 04:15am (1.54m)
High 10:11am (4.85m)
Low 04:38pm (1.73m)
High 10:33pm (4.62m)
Daylight
First light06:36
Sunrise07:06
Sunset20:32
Dark21:03

Tue 26/02 »

Surf report for Tue 26/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
13:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
19:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 04:59am (1.95m)
High 10:58am (4.51m)
Low 05:27pm (2.13m)
High 11:33pm (4.38m)
Daylight
First light06:37
Sunrise07:08
Sunset20:31
Dark21:01

Wed 27/02 »

Surf report for Wed 27/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
7:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 8mph
13:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
19:00 7ft 6s  °  ° 29mph
Tide times
Low 06:01am (2.28m)
High 12:18pm (4.26m)
Low 06:40pm (2.38m)
Daylight
First light06:39
Sunrise07:09
Sunset20:29
Dark20:59

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

16 °C
(60 °F)

Gentle breeze, 18 km/h from ENE

Sea temperature

15.6°C / 60°F

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