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The Duntroon Wetlands area is located just off the Highway.  A dedicated group of locals, under the auspices of the Duntroon and District Development Association are working hard to protect the wetland area with the intention of maintaining an environmental asset for generations to come.

Pupils from the Duntroon School have helped the project by planting native plants that compliment the wetlands. 

The committee acknowledges the invaluable support of Meridian Energy at every step of the project and Geoff and Jan Keeling who farm the adjoining property.

Visitors to Duntroon and cyclists traversing the Alps2Ocean Trail can enjoy wandering through this special place.
This is a work in progress, but already the birds are making this their new home and frogs and fish are happy to live here too.

Call in sometime and do the loop from the township and back.


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