The name Moeraki means 'a place to sleep by day', which should give you some clue as to the pace of life in this little fishing village. You might be surprised to learn that this was one of the first European settlements in NZ, with a whaling station established here in 1836. Since then, Moeraki has nurtured the creation of several national treasures, from Frances Hodgkins’ paintings to author Keri Hulme’s The Bone People, and Fleur Sullivan’s cooking.
Apart from Fleur's eponymous restaurant, the main reason travellers stop in town is the Moeraki Boulders, beloved of photographers and children alike. It’s a pleasant 45-minute walk along the beach from the village to the boulders. Head in the other direction on the Kaiks Wildlife Trail and you'll reach a cute old wooden lighthouse. You might even spot yellow-eyed penguins and fur seals (be sure to keep your distance).