Explore fascinating limestone features that have been exposed and eroded over many years with fossils of ancient whales protruding from rock. 

Nearby the world-famous Elephant Rocks, Anatini is easily accessible and one of only a few natural limestone arches in New Zealand. There are baleen whale bones, under protective display as part of the Vanished World trail. Fossils of molluscs, sea urchins, other invertebrates are embedded and visible in the limestone. The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail also passes through this gorge. With views over picturesque countryside this was the scene for Aslan's Camp in the film Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Latitude: -44:53:36.131 Longitude: 170:39:22.355

Easy walk

5 min


Scenic views  & Photo opportunities

The field is part of a private farm and sheep or cattle may be present. Please respect the land and the animals. Public access is permitted via a 5-minute walk across the farmland from opposite a parking bay on the east side of the Island Cliff-Duntroon Road. The Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail passes this site.


Anatini is signposted as part of the Vanished World trail.

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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