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Map showing The Vanished World Centre and Trail


03 431 2024


  • Guided Tours Available
  • Gift Shop

Suitable for Ages

  • Families

Vanished World Centre in the heart of the Vanished World Heritage Trail. It has interpretive displays including unique world-class fossils - whales, dolphins, penguins, sharks and many shellfish. Exhibits are designed to tell the story of a specific slice of geological time in the history of New Zealand, to add to the experience on the Trail.

The Trail introduces some key geological localities in North Otago, both near the Centre and beyond. Together, the Centre and Trail will give you a feeling of "deep time," so that you can better understand the origins of our land and its living creatures. Interpretive panels are located at trail sites. Major information panels are at: Waianakarua, Oamaru Blue Penguin colony, Awamoko Valley, and Duntroon - Visitor Centre.

To obtain the greatest value from the Trail, buy the purpose-designed Vanished World Fossil Trail Brochure from venues in Dunedin, Oamaru, Duntroon and Kurow. You can also have a more in-depth trail experience by participating in a guided tour (long or mini) organised by approved operators.

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