Part 4. Moeraki boulders, Taiaroa Head and Nugget Point.

April 2017 – May 2017


загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

The beginning of the journey through the south island of New Zealand. Searches for penguins, mysterious Moeraki boulders, beautiful waves at the Taiaroa Head lighthouse, and stunning cliffs going to the ocean from Nugget Point.



рассвет, радуга,Yellow eyed penguin colony,Blue Penguin Colony,Oamaru, South Island ,New Zealand

In the southern part of New Zealand there are several places where you can see how the penguins come out of the sea at sunset and come back at dawn.

рассвет, радуга,Yellow eyed penguin colony,Blue Penguin Colony,Oamaru, South Island ,New Zealand
рассвет, радуга,Yellow eyed penguin colony,Blue Penguin Colony,Oamaru, South Island ,New Zealand
One of these places is next to the Oamaru town.

рассвет, радуга,Yellow eyed penguin colony,Blue Penguin Colony,Oamaru, South Island ,New Zealand

But everything is too civilized there, and most important, you are not allowed not take pictures(

рассвет, Yellow eyed penguin colony,Blue Penguin Colony,Oamaru, South Island ,New Zealand

Here are two penguin colonies – Yellow eyed penguin colony and Blue penguin colony.

рассвет, Yellow eyed penguin colony,Blue Penguin Colony,Oamaru, South Island ,New Zealand

There is another place nearby, where you can also see penguins – on the map it is marked as Yellow eyed penguin colony. In fact, this is a viewing platform on a high cliff above the beach. If in the pre-dawn light here you can see something, it’s too far.

рассвет, Yellow eyed penguin colony,Blue Penguin Colony,Oamaru, South Island ,New Zealand

This time we were not lucky, there were no penguins, but there was a very beautiful dawn.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders are huge stone balls from 0.5 to 2 meters in diameter, scattered along the beach of Koeehoe not far from the fishing village of Moeraki. Some balls are absolutely smooth, some with patterns.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

Scientists say that the balls originated 65.5 – 56 million years ago. The composition of the balls shows that they formed at the bottom of the seabed, but with a decrease of sea level were brought to the surface. Scientists name such formations concretion-septarium.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

The balls consist of sand, silt and clay, the top layer which is cemented with calcite. In the center, the degree of carburization is relatively small and it increases to the outer side.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

The outer surface consists of 10-20% calcite, such cementation was promoted by fresh water with a decrease in the ocean level and a rise of the balls to the surface.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

Of course there are legends about the origin of these unusual formations. The Maori people believe that this is food – pumpkins and potatoes, which came here from the wrecked mythical horseback Arai-te-uru. The ship crashed against the cliffs of the Shag bank and lost supplies, and crashed near the beach of Koeehoe. The captain of the ship turned into a low rocky cape, which is nearby.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

But this place is not unique. Similar formations can be found in the USA, Canada, Israel, Costa Rica, but it is the best place, here more of them and they are the most famous.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

Even in New Zealand, it is not the only place, there are two more. These are the Koutu boulders on the North Island and the Katiki boulders on the Shag coast about 12 miles from here.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

Forms of formations can be various – flat, oval and disk-like, inside of some of them even bones of plesiosaurs and mosasaurs were found.

загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand

Paranormal researchers believe that boulders are extraterrestrial capsules left by aliens. Perhaps they found the Earth too harsh planet and escaped on the surviving ships.

Taiaroa Head,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand
загадочные шары, шары в море,Moeraki boulders, South Island ,New Zealand
Near the city of Dunedin there is the headland of Taiaroa Head with a large colony of albatrosses.

Taiaroa Head,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand

This is the only colony in the world of northern royal albatross on a populated island.

Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand

On this same peninsula is Penguin Place, the only place where you can see penguins during the day.

houses reflection in the sea,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand

This is essentially a shelter for sick penguins, who are treated and released back into the wild.

sky reflection,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand

But the number of excursions is limited, especially not in the summer and it is necessary to book them in advance.

reflection in the bay,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand

The views are pleasant, the roads are narrow.

boat in the morning bay,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand


reflection ,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand


sky reflection in the bay, boat ,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand


reflection in the sea bay,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand


hills with sheep,Sandymount,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand

On the peninsula there are several nice trekking, one of them to Sandymount.

Sandymount,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand

But the roads here are extremely bad.

Sandymount,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand


ocean view,Sandymount,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand


Sandymount,Dunedin, South Island ,New Zealand


flowers, South Island ,New Zealand


sheep, South Island ,New Zealand

It is New Zealand – very often you can see the green hills and white sheep on them.

стоги сена, South Island ,New Zealand


стоги сена, South Island ,New Zealand


sheep, South Island ,New Zealand


ocean,Nugget Point, South Island ,New Zealand


ocean,Nugget Point, South Island ,New Zealand


ocean,Nugget Point, South Island ,New Zealand


ocean,Nugget Point, South Island ,New Zealand


sunset,Nugget Point,ocean, South Island ,New Zealand


Nugget Point, South Island ,New Zealand

Nugget Point is another very beautiful place.

Nugget Point, South Island ,New Zealand

Here we hurring to the sunset, but the sunset decided not to show and the sun sat down behind the clouds.

Nugget Point, South Island ,New Zealand

The Trip.
Part 2. Qatar.
Part 2. The Hobbiton.
Part 3. The Coast of the North island.
Part 4. Moeraki boulders, Taiaroa Head and Nugget Point.
Part 5. Fjordland.
Part 6. Quinstown.
Part 7. Mount Cook.
Part 8. West coast.
Part 9. Sea life.
Part 10. Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo.
Part 11. Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge.

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