Vanished World Trail

Explore the hidden depths of time throughout North Otago, with a glimpse into lands and seas long before our time.


The community-inspired Vanished World Society was formed in the early 2000s to help raise public awareness about the geology of the Waitaki district. They have set up a self-guided Trail that spans coastal localities from Moeraki to Oamaru and extends inland through the Waitaki Valley. The Trail has more than 20 sites related to landforms, distinctive rocks, minerals, and fossils.


Interpretation display panels at each of the main trail sites explain the meaning of the site and its relevance to the geology of the district.  Other sites are marked with ‘Heritage Trail’ signage and ‘finger’ pointers which lead visitors along the self-guided Trail.


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