The Beach Guide

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.

Nearest city

Oamaru

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Koekohe Beach Weather Info

Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 12:00)

Partly cloudy

(Partly cloudy)
16°C / 61°F

Sea temperature
14.6°C
58.2°F
Wind SSE
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Mon 24th
Fair 17°C / 63°F SE

4 mph
6 km/h

Tue 25th
Partly cloudy 18°C / 64°F E

3 mph
5 km/h

Wed 26th
Partly cloudy 20°C / 68°F NNE

9 mph
14 km/h

Thu 27th
Partly cloudy 22°C / 72°F NNE

15 mph
24 km/h

Fri 28th
Fair 19°C / 66°F ENE

4 mph
6 km/h

Sat 29th
Fair 24°C / 75°F WNW

10 mph
17 km/h

5 Day Koekohe Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

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 light06:34
    Sunrise07:05
    Sunset20:34
    Dark21:05
  • 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 light06:35
    Sunrise07:06
    Sunset20:33
    Dark21:03
  • 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 light06:37
    Sunrise07:07
    Sunset20:31
    Dark21:02
  • 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 light06:38
    Sunrise07:09
    Sunset20:29
    Dark21:00
  • 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 light06:40
    Sunrise07:10
    Sunset20:28
    Dark20:58
  • 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 light06:41
    Sunrise07:12
    Sunset20:26
    Dark20:56

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