A three hour drive south of Christchurch is the town of Oamaru.
It's a great jumping off point and place to stay overnight to explore the nearby Moeraki Boulders.
Follow the signs off of State Highway 1, to the parking lot for the boulders. It's a short walk down to Koekohe Beach, a strip of sand covered in spherical rocks. As the waves crash against the mudstone cliffs, eroding layer after layer, these concrete looking boulders fall to the ground. After years of being on the beach some have cracked open to expose their center while others are complete, perfect spheres.
While in the Oamaru area, check out the blue and yellow-eyed penguins at night.
As the sun drops below the horizon, these two types of penguins find refuge on the beaches along Oamaru to feed their young and build their nests. Be careful driving around this time, they're very small and can sometimes get lost due to the lights of cars and businesses.
Travel photo shared by American Abroad