Hampden Beach

Hampden Beach

Hampden is a small town on State Highway 1, about three km north of Moeraki Boulders on the North Otago Coast. There is a popular cafe, fish and chip shop, hotel restaurant, and historic buildings on the main highway. As such, it is one of the more accessible options for food and drinks between Ōamaru and Palmerston. But its main feature is Hampden Beach and nearby Moeraki Boulders Holiday Park. Here, however, the only boulders are the concrete recreations in the playground.

Turn east on to Lincoln Street or Derby Street from the main highway to the reserve and playground in front of the beach. To the north and south of the reserve, cliffs surround the beach. As the tide goes out, you can walk three km south along the beach to the actual Moeraki Boulders. Hector’s Dolphins are common in the surf. However, the day we visited was too calm for much surf and we were not able to catch a sighting.

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