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Moeraki‏

March 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments

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Without Graeme’s suggestion, I probably would have bypassed the unspoiled fishing village of Moeraki on Thursday. And that would have been a shame.

The night before I left his home in Christchurch to hit the road again, Graeme and I discussed my travel plans for the second half of my visit to New Zealand. My first tour of the South Island was a northern loop. This tour is the southern loop.

The first leg of the trip took me back down to Oamaru along what may be the busiest and least scenic highway on the island. But it made sense to make the trip on Thursday, because the weather report called for a storm to blow in from the region of the South Pole. In fact, it arrived just as I left Christchurch and continued to rain heavily until 2 p.m., so my timing was perfect.

However, a windshield wiper blade didn’t hold up to the heavy use I put it today. Fortunately, the first service station that I spotted in the little town of Winchester had the right type, and a helpful mechanic immediately installed it. He asked me where I was from, and when I told him Boulder, I think that he said that he knew of our Flatirons. Because of his heavy accent, that was one of his few words that I understood.

By the time I reached my destination of Moeraki the rain had stopped, the wind calmed, and the sun came out from the clouds. Just before I reached Moeraki I came to the turnoff to the Moeraki Boulders. They are large spherical boulders that sit scattered at random on a stunning stretch of beach. Since I come from Boulder, Colorado, Graeme thought that I might appreciate the way boulders are in his country.

Some of the Moeraki Boulders on the Beach

Some of the Moeraki Boulders on the Beach

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This Boulder Looks Like a Big Globe to Me

This Boulder Looks Like a Big Globe to Me

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No, She Didn't Break It

No, She Didn't Break It

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These Birds Frolic Near the Boulders

These Birds Frolic Near the Boulders

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Graeme also thought that because I love seafood so much that I shouldn’t miss what may be the best that his country has to offer. Fluers Place, managed by perhaps New Zealand’s best restauranteur, Fluer Sullivan, looks at first glance like a rundown timber hut. In fact inside it is stylish and served me by far the best meal that I have enjoyed in New Zealand.

The seafood is fresh off the boats that are tied up just a few yards away. They offered a half dozen different fish, all but two that I had earlier on this trip. But I selected one that I had never heard of before, trumpeter. The French waiter told me that it would be firm and flavorful and served with organic steamed vegetables. My meal was everything that it promised to be.

 The Port of Moeraki and Fluer's Place in the Photo's Center at the End of the Spit

The Port of Moeraki and Fluer's Place in the Photo's Center at the End of the Spit

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After dinner I told Fluer that I was on a quest to eat as many different New Zealand fish as I could while visiting her country. I said that almost all of them were new to me and that the only New Zealand fish we can get in the U.S. is orange roughy, but I noticed that restaurants in New Zealand don’t serve it. I asked if orange roughy is an endangered species, and in reply she gave me a New Zealand “Best Fish Guide.” This guide lists orange roughy as the absolute worst ecological choice. Somebody should tell Kroger. I guess that somebody is me, and I’ll do it when I return.

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  • 1 Robert Fenton // Mar 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    David, About the orange roughy – I quit eating that over 15 years ago when I learned about this.

    Love your pictures!

  • 2 Laurie D // Apr 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Hmmm… Boulders – I would like to know more about them. AND I am from Boulder!

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