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The restored Brewery Hole

The Alps2Ocean cycle trail traverses the Duntroon Wetlands and emerges at the center of Duntroon township.

The "Colonial Couple" welcome visitors as they enter the township heading west.

Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail

  Duntroon township is the penultimate stop for cyclists traveling from Mount Cook to Oamaru.

Cyclists looking for somewhere to stay can use the Duntroon Domain and enjoy chilling out in the comfortable facilities provided. Pitch your tent, or stay in your mobile home.

Before you set out for the coast, take a wander about our village.
Visit the Vanished World Fossil Centre.
Investigate the Duntroon Goal, restored to its former glory, complete with policeman.

Across the road is the historic Nicol's Forge. An actual working forge.

The Historic Duntroon Goal is open for visitors to step back into time.

 Don't want to do the whole trail?

Option 1

Make a day trip. Start at Duntroon and make your way back to Oamaru following the trail  and investigate many historic sites.

Call in to the famous Elephant Rocks. View the Anatini Fossil site, where Aslan's Camp was filmed for "The Lion, Witch & Wardrobe".

Carry on through the scenic route to Oamaru and all it's attractions.



 Option 2 


Start at Takiroa (Maori Rock drawings) just west of Duntroon on State Highway 83 and take the Alps2Ocean Cycle Trail through farmland along the Southern edge of the mighty Waitaki river and meander through the Duntroon Wetlands to emerge in the very heart of Duntroon township.

The Vanished World Centre

ENTRANCE FEE: ADULT - $10, FAMILY $20, This allows access to dig your own fossils from blocks at the Centre.

Children under 12yrs accompanied by an adult FREE

Currently Open 7 days a week.

Open Hours:  9:30am - 5pm


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 palaeontologist 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  tra