Koekohe Beach (Moeraki Boulders 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 M?ori 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 ?raiteuru, 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
Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 12:00)
16°C / 61°F
Week weather forecast
Mon 24th17°C / 63°F
Tue 25th18°C / 64°F
Wed 26th20°C / 68°F
Thu 27th22°C / 72°F
Fri 28th19°C / 66°F
Sat 29th24°C / 75°F
5 Day Koekohe Beach UV Index
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Koekohe Beach tide times & sea state
Mon 24/02 »
Surf report for Mon 24/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 4ft 12s 7mph 13:00 4ft 12s 5mph 19:00 3ft 11s 9mph Tide times High 4:14am (2.10m) Low 10:39am (0.54m) High 4:31pm (2.00m) Low 10:56pm (0.52m) Daylight First light 06:34 Sunrise 07:05 Sunset 20:34 Dark 21:05
Tue 25/02 »
Surf report for Tue 25/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 4ft 15s 4mph 13:00 4ft 16s 3mph 19:00 4ft 15s 13mph Tide times High 4:53am (2.06m) Low 11:18am (0.57m) High 5:11pm (1.97m) Low 11:35pm (0.55m) Daylight First light 06:35 Sunrise 07:06 Sunset 20:33 Dark 21:03
Wed 26/02 »
Surf report for Wed 26/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 4ft 14s 15mph 13:00 4ft 14s 14mph 19:00 4ft 11s 18mph Tide times High 5:31am (2.00m) Low 11:56am (0.61m) High 5:51pm (1.93m) Daylight First light 06:37 Sunrise 07:07 Sunset 20:31 Dark 21:02
Thu 27/02 »
Surf report for Thu 27/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 4ft 6s 13mph 13:00 5ft 8s 20mph 19:00 6ft 9s 17mph Tide times Low 12:16am (0.58m) High 6:09am (1.93m) Low 12:35pm (0.64m) High 6:32pm (1.88m) Daylight First light 06:38 Sunrise 07:09 Sunset 20:29 Dark 21:00
Fri 28/02 »
Surf report for Fri 28/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 5ft 9s 6mph 13:00 4ft 9s 6mph 19:00 4ft 8s 12mph Tide times Low 12:56am (0.62m) High 6:48am (1.85m) Low 1:16pm (0.68m) High 7:14pm (1.83m) Daylight First light 06:40 Sunrise 07:10 Sunset 20:28 Dark 20:58
Sat 29/02 »
Surf report for Sat 29/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 4:00 4ft 8s 9mph 10:00 4ft 9s 13mph 16:00 5ft 9s 8mph Tide times Low 1:37am (0.67m) High 7:29am (1.79m) Low 1:59pm (0.70m) High 7:59pm (1.79m) Daylight First light 06:41 Sunrise 07:12 Sunset 20:26 Dark 20:56