The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark includes an abundance of unique geological and geomorphological features. Notable features include the Moeraki Boulders, karst limestone at Elephant Rocks, as well as “badlands” and faults at Clay Cliffs.

Our important Geosites allow you to explore volcanic remnants and discover the past inhabitants of these places, from microscopic diatoms to giant prehistoric penguins and plesiosaurs. Our expert panel has identified over 40 sites of outstanding geological significance in the Waitaki District.

View descriptions of all Waitaki's geosites, their location, importance and level of protection here 

View the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark map here

Below is a collection of some of the publicly accessible sites you can visit and explore.

Protection and guardianship is at the heart of the Geopark philosophy - so we ask you to treat the sites with respect, do not remove anything from these sites and preserving it for our future generations. 

Find out what your Geosite soulmate is here

rock art
Kakanui River Mouth
Campbells Bay
All Day Bay
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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