The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark includes an abundance of unique geological and cultural features. Notable features include Te Kaihīnaki / Moeraki Boulders, karst limestone at Elephant Rocks, Māori rock art drawings at Takiroa and the braided Waitaki River.
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.
Below is a collection of some of the publicly accessible geosites 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 kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the land is at the heart of the Geopark philosophy. We ask you to treat the sites with respect and do not remove anything from these sites so they may be preserved for our future generations to enjoy. Some sites are on private land, but accessible to the public. Please respect the privilege of accessing the sites and follow instructions given by landowners.
If you are interested in New Zealand's Geology and Landscapes, visit GeoTrips to find sites and places to visit across the whole country. They have been compiled by GNS Science with the kind assistance of geologists and knowledgeable enthusiasts from around the country.
View the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark map of accessible geosites here