...the Waitaki. A land of geological marvels steeped in ancient history. Deep in the Te Waipounamu (South Island) of Aotearoa, half way between the equator and the South Pole, the Waitaki stretches from the alps to the ocean. Explore a land criss-crossed with easy walks, uphill hikes, cycle routes and heritage trails...


... a Vanished world, formed by ancient oceans and the earth's upheaval, rich in fossils. Find sleepy villages, bustling towns, and a whitestone city carved from limestone. galleries, museums, and traditions kept alive by amazing people...



...at the foot of mountains, on the edge of sparkling lakes or on the shore of the pacific ocean. Pitch a tent, book a luxury villa or stay on a working New Zealand farm. Sample artisanal foods grown in fertile alluvial flatlands of the Waitaki Valley or in the rich soils of extinct volcanoes...


The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark is full of exciting community events. Check out the upcoming celebrations and events and celebrate with us!

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"What a fantastic window into the past. Today we saw fossil bones in limestone at two different sites. One set were whale bones. Just awesome that this trail has been put together, maintained and promoted."

— Mark Shipman, 

Vanished World visitor