"Big, Round, stuck in the ground" Top 5 Page for this destination Moeraki by Duffelgirl
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These crazy looking rocks began forming 60 million years, only popping onto the beach when the sea eroded the cliff. Limestone crystals are thought to be at the centre of these mysteries, they possess magnetic properties, which have attracted and consolidated surrounding matter. The Maori legend believes otherwise. The boulders are said to be Kai-hinaki (food baskets) that were washed ashore when a canoe was shipwrecked whilst out searching for precious stones.
There were many more boulders littering the beach here, but all of the more portable boulders (i.e. ones that didn't need a forklift truck) were scooped away by the souvenir hungry tourists. People just can't leave things alone.
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