Earthquakes refers to an area of pure limestone cliffs and boulders near Duntroon. The name came about when it was thought the large house-sized boulders were dislocated by earthquakes long ago.

This locality is an illustration of the power of geological phenomena. Landslides, faults and fissure are easily visible. Huge blocks of Otekaike limestone tumbled when the land slumped thousands of years ago due to mass movement possibly on underlying mudstone. In-situ fossils are on display in the limestone. Kokoamu Greensand Brachiopods, molluscs and baleen whale bones, still partly embedded in rock, tell of a wide and shallow ancient sea.

Latitude: -44:52:27.575  Longitude: 170:37:24.545 

Easy walk


Scenic views  & Photo opportunities


To get the from the north end of Duntroon turn on to Earthquakes Road near the limestone church. Earthquakes is signposted about 3km down the road.

Park at the information sign. Caution! Rocks still fall, and the ground is creviced. Earthquakes is managed by the Department of Conservation


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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