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

This locality is an illustration of the power of geological mass movement forming a graben, containing hazardous fissures and deep cracks. This movement displaced huge blocks of limestone which can be seen at the site. Kokoamu Greensand Brachiopods, molluscs and baleen whale bones, still partly embedded in rock. In-situ fossils can be viewed behind the protective caged area. The sediments and fossils from this site tell the story of Zealandia's history when this area consisted of wide and shallow seas with ancient marine life.

Visitors to this site must follow the management directive displayed on DOCs sign at this site.

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