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           The Vanished World Heritage Centre


The Vanished World Centre lies in the heart of the Vanished World Heritage Trail .
You will find the Vanished World Centre located between the Duntroon Hotel and Nicols Forge.

Visitors wishing to participate in the fossil heritage of the Waitaki region are able to gain a greater appreciation of the unique nature of the area by viewing the interpretive displays in the Centre.

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 .

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 paleontologists.


Some of the dedicated committee members and workers of the Vanished World Fossil Centre are pictured perusing an exhibit at the Fossil Centre on Sunday the 24th of July, where they gathered to celebrate ten years of operation. 

From left to right: John Hore,  Paula Eatherley, Christine Hall and Burns Pollock.