The Vanished World Centre at Duntroon is the heart of the Vanished World Trail with displays that help explain and interpret the fossils, rocks, localities, and landforms along the Trail.

Visitors wishing to participate in the fossil heritage of the Waitaki are able to gain a greater appreciation of the unique nature of the area by viewing these displays. Specimens are mostly from within a 20km radius of the village of Duntroon. The fossils – whales, dolphins, and invertebrates, reveal the marine ecosystems of the Oligocene time some 20-30 million years ago.

The Centre has a fossil extraction room that allows children to gain a first “hands-on experience” of fossils. An additional room houses a collection of rocks and minerals found in the District. In combination, they are an excellent educational resource for school groups studying earth science

The Centre sells a range of geological merchandise, particularly books. There is a great range of products for young people and beginners, from model construction packages to junior paleontologist digger kits. Income from merchandise sales, together with an entrance fee helps cover running costs and the sales of the Vanished World Trail Brochure helps the Society maintain the trail.

Entrance Fee

ADULT – $10
This allows access to dig your own
fossils from blocks at the Centre.

Children under 18yrs – FREE
Accompanied by an adult 


7 Campbell Street
Duntroon, New Zealand

Opening hours

Summer Hours for Vanished World Centre:
9.30 am to 5.00 pm daily

Winter Hours for Vanished World Centre:
10.00 am to 4.30 pm daily

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