There are locations in New Zealand usually vacationers simply go by or drive by means of, on their solution to someplace else. As a rule, Moeraki, a captivating seaside city on the South Island between Oamaru and Dunedin falls into that class accidentally.
However I’m right here to inform you that to go to Moeraki deserves your consideration. It’s a quaint little city that doesn’t have a lot occurring nevertheless it’s the proper place to getaway and loosen up for some time.
Now that I stay within the mountains, I usually head to the ocean for a wee escape from all of it, and Moeraki is now my go-to spot.
Wintertime is my favourite season to return away to Moeraki, and most of the time I discover I’ve the place to myself. Being by the ocean, the temperatures are much less excessive and way more bearable than our heavy frosts of Central Otago.
The small fishing city of Moeraki was utilized by Europeans as an early whaling station, and earlier than that it has a wealthy historical past courting again to the 13th century, and it’s one of many oldest constantly occupied human settlements in New Zealand, again when Moa nonetheless roamed these lands.
Even as we speak there nonetheless stays a little bit of stillness and thriller about Moeraki, particularly early within the morning when the ocean mists are available in and nobody is out and about.
Listed below are a few of my spots it’s best to take a look at in your subsequent go to right here, take pleasure in!
Benefit from the rolling inexperienced hills that meet the ocean
Considered one of my favourite options of New Zealand seaside cities is rolling inexperienced hills that drop off to the ocean beneath, and Moeraki isn’t any exception. Throughout the realm there are beautiful views of the encompassing hills and sea, most frequently than not dotted with sheep, and are lovely any time of day.
Generally I simply bought for a protracted stroll or a drive on the gravel again roads to see the place I’ll find yourself.
I haven’t been upset but!
Be looking out for uncommon hoiho // yellow eyed penguins at Katiki Level
On a visit to Moeraki, positively plan to go to Katiki Level, which is the southernmost level of Peninsula. The place sturdy footwear and plan to stroll amongst the cliffside trails.
Right here you possibly can view the historic Katiki Level Lighthouse, in addition to the Te Raka a Hineatea Pa website. The phrase pā in Māori refers to a Māori village, defensive settlement, or a hillfort.
Katiki Level can also be probably the most vital breeding website for yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho in North Otago, and it’s also possible to sea fur seals right here too.
Extremely threatened and in decline, yellow-eyed penguins are considered the rarest penguins on the planet. It’s fairly particular to see them right here, and the perfect viewing instances are early within the morning or early night when they’re both going out to sea for the day or returning residence at night time.
Simply be respectful and don’t get too shut, and don’t strategy them or get between them and the ocean (their escape). Typically penguins received’t come to shore in the event that they see a risk (us) so preserve a distance. I imagine 20 meters is the really helpful distance.
Keep on the tremendous cozy and charming Three Bays
Moeraki’s shoreline is outlined by three distinct bays, which additionally lends its title to the tremendous cute and beautiful hideaway Three Bays, a self-contained condominium beneath one of many loveliest homes in Moeraki, with lovely views overlooking the realm.
An ideal little hideaway hosted by the nicest native couple, it’s the sort of place you simply wish to gap up in and keep some time. And in wintertime once I visited, it couldn’t have been extra comfy and welcoming.
To not point out the tub has probably the most superb view of the harbor!
Sundown stroll on the Moeraki Boulders
Let’s be trustworthy right here, most vacationers when passing by means of Moeraki, solely cease to see the fabled Moeraki Boulders, giant spherical rocks that dot Koekoehe Seaside, 5 minutes from the primary city.
Fashioned round 60 million years in the past, they appear quite like monumental dinosaur eggs, virtually completely spherical and large, many over 2 meters tall which have appeared from the ocean cliffs as they have been eroded away. Some even are cracked open.
In response to Māori custom, the boulders are the stays of meals baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe ‘Araiteuru’ was wrecked at close by Matakaea / Shag Level.
Mysterious and delightful, it’s enjoyable to go to and marvel at their magnificence, normally be ready to get your ft moist.
Additionally it’s finest to go to at low tide.
Go for a late lengthy lunch at Fleur’s Place
And eventually, my favourite purpose to go to Moeraki of all of them – to dine at Fleur’s Place – the most effective eating places in New Zealand, if not the world.
A country portside restaurant proper subsequent to the water in Moeraki, meals lovers from around the globe collect to feast at Fleur’s tables. The primary time I visited, I wasn’t even certain it was the precise constructing, from the skin it seems quite like a shack, and as soon as was the outdated whaling station on the town.
However as quickly as you stroll inside, you’ve come to the precise place.
The brainchild of the extremely proficient Fleur Sullivan, the meals is generally seafood primarily based and recent as it will possibly get, with the fisherman bringing their catches straight to her door.
After operating the fabulous Oliver’s in Clyde for a very long time, Fleur was after a little bit of a life-style change, and uprooted from rural Central Otago to a different rural a part of Otago, this time by the ocean.
The primary time I visited was on a advice from a reader 5 or 6 years in the past who mentioned one thing alongside the strains of “Fleur’s is my favourite restaurant and I stay in London!” And I used to be not upset.
My favourite dish on the menu is a well-liked one – bacon wrapped blue cod – and the parts are big, and I at all times over order. You probably must ebook in prematurely to get a desk however I usually go at funky hours, like 2 or 3pm within the afternoon, request a window desk and take my time basking within the solar in a reasonably superior place.
I’m drooling simply scripting this.
Moeraki is the proper place for a bit seaside escape on the South Island, I, for one, can’t wait to return!
Have you ever ever heard of Moeraki? Have you ever dined at Fleur’s? Are sleepy seaside cities your faves too? Share!