Waitaki Valley


Just 35 minutes from Oamaru, Duntroon and the surrounding area is home to a unique and interesting mixture of natural, historical and cultural attractions that are unlike anything else.

Beginning in Duntroon at the Vanished World Centre, you can learn about our fascinating local geology, the ancient creatures that used to call this place home and even have a dig for your own fossil in the fossil room. Kids and those young at heart will have a great time unearthing a memorable souvenir!
Learn about the sites which make up the Vanished World Trail then hit the road to explore these sites first-hand. Marvel at the large weathered limestone outcrops at Elephant Rocks, decipher the Maori rock drawings at one of two sites or visit the fossil site Anatini, which also appeared in the movie Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Much to it's credit, Duntroon has also saved and maintained some rather quirky and unique features of its past. Have a look at the restored old gaol and Nicol's Blacksmith - which on select days has a working blacksmith on site.

Take the time to stop and wander through the Duntroon Wetlands, where hard-working volunteers have created a lovely network of pathways that meander around springs and waterways teeming with flora and fauna.