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 The Duntroon Garage
 After a 7 year break Andrew and Sonya Pickles  announced that the Duntroon  
Garage was to re-open in November 2011.
David Eckhardt who trained as an Automotive engineer at the Duntroon Garage is available for a
full range of automotive, farm machinery, lawn mower, chainsaw and engineering repairs.

Duntroon Garage
Ph: 4312730 


Andy and Sonya Pickles were featured on TVNZ ONE's "Good Sorts"
news item. We here in Duntroon are incredibly proud of what they have achieved.
HERE to view


History of the Duntroon Garage

Built in 1871 as a livery stable for horses and a place to hire a ‘gig’ or ‘buggy’ the garage has evolved as he district embraced the labour saving automobiles and farm machinery being produced and  available from the early 1900’s. A Mr Sam Clark ran a repair garage from the early 1920’s before a  
Mr Harkness  took over the running until 1945.

    Two brothers Arthur and Gisford Lister began a partner-ship for several years before Gisford left for a garage in Oamaru “Lister Motors” now Delectables   bakery. Arthur had started an apprenticeship at the garage before being called overseas to WW2  eventually retiring in 1981.
   Arthur once told me about a customer who drove his car over the hoist for a service and headed of to the ‘local’ leaving his most dearest in the car knitting 6 feet in the air, well  before OHS!

    From 1981 the garage saw 3 owners, the Bairds, the Van der Sluys’s and the McBrides  until current owners Andrew and Sonya Pickles took over in 1991.  
Thanks to Sarah Wills ‘History of Duntroon’ for dates & names.


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