Walk amongst geological marvels, exposed by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down between 23 - 25 million years ago.

Wander through the towering limestone rocks. A geological wonder of the Waitaki, this unique scenery has featured in movies such as Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


The Elephant Rocks area has many characteristic large hummocky or elephant-shaped limestone outcrops. The “elephants” are formed from Otekaike Limestone, which originated as a fossil-rich marine sand when the area was occupied by large shallow seas with isolated islands. The thick and flat-lying limestone has many joints (cracks) caused by uplift of the area. These cracks, which cross each other, are readily eroded by water. Ultimately, enough limestone is eroded away to leave the “elephants” bare and isolated from each other. 

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

Easy walk

5 min


Scenic views  & Photo opportunities

Public Toilets

The field is part of a private farm and sheep 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.


Elephant Rocks is signposted

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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