Story: Shipwrecks

Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

A famous Māori wreck is the Ārai-te-uru canoe, which ran ashore at Matakaea (Shag Point), Otago. The cargo of kūmara (sweet potatoes), gourds and eel pots are said to have become the Moeraki Boulders.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Shipwrecks - Māori shipwreck stories', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006