The Moeraki Boulders were formed on the sea bed by continuous sedimentation of calcium salt around hard cores about 60 million years ago. The gray boulders are scattered along a nearly 50 meter long zone. According to a Maori legend, the Moeraki Boulders were food baskets of the Araiteura canoe. It wrecked, and the baskets were changed into smooth boulders.
There are other tourist attractions in this area, e.g. black and white New Zealand dolphins, as well as a café and a restaurant where tourists can have a nice meal and relax.