GEOSITES

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.

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

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

Find out what your Geosite soulmate is here

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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, 

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