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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.

A Geosite is a location inside a Geopark that has a particular geological or geomorphological significance. As well as its inherent geological characteristics it may also have cultural or heritage significance. Our expert panel has identified over 40 sites in the Waitaki District. 

 

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. Below is a collection of some of the publicly accessible sites you can visit and explore. It is important to note that those sites are not owned or managed by the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark. 

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. 

If you are interested in New Zealand's Geology and Landscapes, visit GeoTrips to find sites and places to visit across the whole country. These GeoTrips are rock outcrops, geological displays or landforms that you can visit and explore. They have been compiled by GNS Science with the kind assistance of geologists and knowledgeable enthusiasts from around the country. Along with images and useful background information, each GeoTrip includes advice to get you started with making your own geological explorations and discoveries.

View the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark map here