Friday Lens Affair 229

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

This Friday I’m hosting a magical picture of the Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand taken by Yen from the Swing Abroad Blog.

Yen is a full-time university student who always takes full advantages of his holidays to travel and new experiences.

He’s been to New Zealand for Working Holiday before having his road trip and volunteered in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Having spent months in foreign countries, he shares travel tips, guides and stories in his travel blog, Swing Abroad. Follow Yen on Instagram and Facebook.

Photo Story: Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

It’s been 2 years since my road trip in the South Island of New Zealand.

With many blessings, I got my New Zealand Working Holiday Visa in 2016. It was a 6-months visa which allows me to work in New Zealand.

That was my first ever solo trip, and I was travelling far, alone and for 6 months.

I certainly never expected I would do something like this when I was a child who spent the whole day in front of a computer.

I was miserable for my first month there at the end of the summer. After some research and went to a small town called Motueka in the South Island.

Hell, I thought finding a job there will be easy but I was way too naïve. I called every orchard nearby but none of them is hiring.

Luckily I met two Chinese friends when I was staying in the Backpackers Hostel. They introduced me to an agent, whom I contacted later to secure my first ever job.

I started my first job after one jobless month in New Zealand as an apple picker in Temuka. I spent the following months working in the field of horticulture.

Two months in kiwifruits packaging factory and a month as apple pruner. The latter was the most physically demanding.

To work outdoors in the early morning during the winter month… Man, it was killing me.

The ladder totally felt like huge ice bars. But I went through that anyway until I finally started my road trip on 17th July 2016.

It was one of the highlights of my entire life. The whole road trip lasted a month, surrounding the whole South Island.

With my wages, I bought a 1998 Honda Accord for the road trip.

I slept inside the car for almost the whole trip. The toughest thing, if you ask me, is waking up in the morning.

To sneak out from my warm sleeping bag to embrace the winter coldness requires huge courage. Even the shoes felt like frozen chicken nuggets. Wait, what?

The photo above was taken in Moeraki Boulders on the East Coast of South Island in New Zealand.

The gigantic spherical boulders attracted tens of thousands of visitors every year to witness the natural wonders.

I was almost late for the sunrise because I was having Roti Canai for breakfast in my Malaysian friend’s house. I wonder how she’s doing now.

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of a beach.

Moeraki is now most famous for its boulders; mysteriously spherical stones scattered across a beach. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres high.

Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago.

The erosion by wave action of mudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders.

These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.

According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago.

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