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Unexpected little gem.

We finally stopped on one of our trips past this place, and it is really worth it. As you enter the... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2018
Dunedin, New Zealand

I had no idea as to the extent of ancient geological history in that part of the country, but there... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2018
Timaru, New Zealand
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State Highway 83, Duntroon, New Zealand
+64 3-431 2024
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

We finally stopped on one of our trips past this place, and it is really worth it. As you enter the Waitaki Valley, it explains so much about the geology of the area. Information, fossils, interactive displays, books about the area, and tea or coffee...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 August 2018

I had no idea as to the extent of ancient geological history in that part of the country, but there it was, all laid out for all to see, with photos and descriptions. Very interesting examples of fossils, rocks and skeletal remains were on display,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

If you have any interest in geology or fossils this is a great place to stop for a browse. There was an elderly local lady manning the shop when we were there and she was very helpful.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Good collection of local fossils and a great place to stop and get info before you do the fossil trail. Day we went the staff were two locals (volunteers I'm sure) and were very knowledgeable. They loved chatting and answering questions about the area and...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

This is a fun, educational, and friendly stop in an area filled with limestone and fossils. They even have a 'find your fossil' room for kids.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

The building itself housed an interesting collection but the staff present when we visited were not local people and could not answer basic questions about the local area including knowing where the local Māori rock drawings could be found. The fossil trail is a great...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

1. Visited on 18th Feb 2017, very friendly staffs with full of knowldges. 2. Small place for large numbers of fossils and stones. 3. Kids love digging to find fossils they are guaranted more than many million years old!!! 4. Conclusion : great visiting place

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank davidsG8402EL
Reviewed 9 February 2017

After visiting the Maori rock paintings further along the Waitaki Valley at Takiroa we decided to stop in at the Duntroon Vanished Wold Centre. There is a small fee to enter but it is worth it. Fossils and fossil castings of prehistoric marine mammals excavated...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Ron P
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I love geology and this self drive tour is right up my alley. Unfortunately the map we bought from the center ws somewhat lacking in detail so despite out best efforts we missed half the points. Still a fabulous day out though

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank CatherineD3591
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Very interesting wee place to stop at in the middle of nowhere. Kids can spend time excavating for fossils or looking at rocks and shells through the microscope. Lots of interesting stuff for the parents to look at too. $20 for a family

Date of experience: July 2016
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