EXPLORE DUNTROON

Welcome to our village!

There is so much to do and see around that you should plan some time exploring the area. For example, you can :  

  • Take a relaxed walk through our Duntroon Wetland.
  • Be ‘gaoled and bailed’ at our historic Duntroon Gaol.
  • Be sure to explore the Vanished World Fossil Centre.
  • Enjoy coffee, lunch or dinner at the historic Duntroon Hotel.
  • Why not relax with a Picnic on the Village Green?
  • Check out Nicol’s Blacksmith Shop and meet Wally at the door.
  • Explore the legendary Brewery Hole , and discover our resident Moa.
  • For campers, be sure to enjoy our popular Duntroon Camping Ground.

Vanished World Centre

  • Yes, this whole district was under the sea for millions of years, and is rich in ancient limestone and extinct marine fossils. This Community run Geology and Fossil Centre, offers the visitor a look at our internationally renowned marine fossils.
  • Waipatea, an extinct sharked tooth dolphin along with ancient penguin and whale fossils.
  • You can Dig Your Own Fossil in the ‘Discovery Room’.

More information on our Vanished World Centre page.

A Vanished World Trail Brochure is available at the Vanished World Centre. It will point out a number of interesting sites, including:

  • Elephant Rocks – a naturally created amphitheatre.
  • Anatini Site, where there is a Whale Fossil in situ, which has waited patiently some 25million years to be discovered.
  • Earthquakes, where another whale fossil awaits inspection.

More information on our Vanished World Trail page.

Duntroon Hotel

The Duntroon Hotel is an historic village pub built in 1881, that welcomes locals and visitors alike. The accommodation section is being remodeled and should be open in 2020.

The Cafe and Bar has limited opening hours during Winter. You should check out their website for up-to-date information.

Nicol's Blacksmith Shop

This historic Blacksmith Shop has a Heritage New Zealand Category One classification. It was established in the early 1900s and has been faithfully restored. Many of the tools and artifacts were left in the building by the last blacksmith, Nicol Muirden.

  • Open Daily for inspection.
  • Live blacksmith working each weekend from 10am to 3pm from mid October to end of May.
  • Blacksmith Courses for beginners are available by appointment. 

Check out other activities and courses by visiting their website.

Takiroa Rock Art

Maori people roamed this area long before European settlement and left behind many Rock Drawings on local limestone cave walls. Takiroa, just west of Duntroon, is a site that is open to the public to visit.

For more information, visit the Waitaki’s official website.

For more things to do in Duntroon, visit www.duntroon.co.nz or the official Waitaki’s website.

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