In Māori tradition the remarkable spherical boulders on Moeraki beach are eel pots – or baskets of kūmara (sweet potato) washed ashore from the Ārai-te-uru voyaging canoe. To scientists the boulders are concretions, formed around 60 million years ago from sediment and calcite.
Listen to a Roadside Story about the Moeraki boulders. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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