We had a lovely getaway earlier this year to Moeraki, less than an hour north of Dunedin where we are based just now. Moeraki is world famous for it’s spherical rocks on the beach north towards Hamden. It’s also a lovely little fishing village, and home to Fleur’s famous restaurant. There’s penguins out the back, and it was one of the settings for Kerri Hulme’s extraordinary novel ‘Bone People‘. None of this has gone to Moeraki’s head and it hasn’t sold its soul. It’s a nice place to escape to.
There’s a good low-key camping ground in the village. It wasn’t too busy and they let us have a great park in the front overlooking the harbour.
Wyn knew to book for Fleur’s restaurant, which was lucky. It is one of those places that you have to think ahead. It’s probably more famous with the tourists than us ‘locals’. And for good reason. She has wonderful food in a great setting. We enjoyed our evening meal and went back next morning for a coffee and some more of the atmosphere.
It was a murky sort of weekend; the weather was supposed to clear up but didn’t. I wandered off with my camera next morning for just a couple of minutes, but there were these rocks that distracted me ….
We finally headed off from the village, towards the boulder beach to the north. We took some time to look for the best date scones in Hampden – I’d heard a story somewhere. Finally we headed for the beach with the boulders. It wasn’t sunny and the photographer Me was happy with that.
The beach isn’t all about the big round stones. There was lots of beachy stuff as well.
But in truth, mostly it is about the strange spherical stones. They are not unique in the world, or even New Zealand. But these ones are famous, and very popular.