Vanished World Self Drive Route
The Trail showcases some key geological sites in North Otago.
The limestone of the Waitaki region holds the signatures of the inhabitants of the ancient seas; shellfish, corals, sharks, fish, penguins, whales and dolphins.
Two Trail sites show skeletons of fossil vertebrates that have been excavated and exposed (behind protective covers) for viewing. As you travel along you will often see spectacular limestone outcrops, interspersed with fossil fragments that settled on the seafloor, 75-100 m below the sea surface some 24-26 million years ago. Look up and imagine the the ocean above your head, what would you see swimming around?