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The blacksmith shop has a live blacksmith on the Sundays 10-3pm up to Queens Birthday weekend. (Saturdays only happen sometimes)

The shop is open to viewing on all other days.



  Nicol's Blacksmith Story


Nicol’s Blacksmith Shop is the only easily accessible ‘authentic village blacksmith’ in New Zealand.
It is located on State Highway 83 right in the middle of Duntroon township.
The Nicol’s Blacksmith Shop has been a part of Duntroon life for over 100 years.
It's future was uncertain until four local farmers purchased the Blacksmith Shop in 1975. In more recent times, the Nicol’s Blacksmith Historic Trust was formed and ownership was transferred to the Trust. 

New Zealand Historic Places Trust’s recent classification as category one, recognizes it is as place of national significance, emphasising its authenticity and importance in telling the story of the role of the horse in the development of this nation. 

Architecturally, the building is typical of the weatherboard construction over an earthen floor. Such buildings are now rare, or were “improved” by adding floors and other luxuries.

It was not built for comfort but for function, and is a great example of the working conditions of that time. It contains many unique items left “in situ” when it closed.

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                           As it used to be. 

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