The community-inspired Vanished World Society was formed in the early 2000’s to help raise public awareness of the geology in the Waitaki district. Vanished World actively promotes the conservation, science and appropriate use of fossils, outcrops and landforms through education, science-communication and “hands-on experience”.

North Otago and the Waitaki district have been renowned for striking and informative features for more than 150 years. These features including fossils, limestone, volcanic sequences and landforms have been important in the conceptual origins and ongoing development of geological science at a national level.

Geologists from the University of Otago have developed a positive and ongoing relationship with landowners in the Waitaki district, as part of a research program on local fossils.

Fossil extraction

Vanished World has gained significant technical support and specialist display materials from the Geology Department of the University of Otago.

Our Fossil Centre at Duntroon and the Vanished World Trail with its freely accessible set of locations has provided the Society with the tools to engage the Waitaki community and visitors with the geology of our Region.

The Vanished World Centre was a very interesting stop on our travels in the South Island.

One could spend hours (or days!) there, but even a brief visit is well worth the stop. Of particular interest was the ancient giant penguin.
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7 Campbell Street, Duntroon, 9494, NZ

Summer Hours: 9.30am to 5.00pm daily Winter Hours: 10.00am to 4.30pm daily

(+64) 274 312 024

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