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Become an expert on the local geologic attractions of Elephant Rocks and Anatini. Did you know this area was once part of a warm and shallow ocean about 25 million years ago? Discover the fascinating stories behind the local geosites, learn what they can tell us about the geological past, and become inspired to share these special natural wonders with friends and family.

The Field Trip will start at the carpark at Elephant Rocks (Island Cliff-Duntroon Road) with a short introduction to the Waitaki Whitestone UNESCO Global Geopark and wider geological context of this area. We will then explore Elephant Rocks before continuing on foot along the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail to Anatini. Here we will discover the fossilised bones of an ancient baleen whale. From Anatini, we will walk back via the same track (Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail) to the Elephant Rocks carpark where the field trip will conclude. On this trip you will gain some basic geological mapping skills.

When? Saturday 02 September 2023, 1.30 - 3.30pm

Where? Start and meet at the Elephant Rocks carpark

Cost: $10 pP (Cash on the day)

Age range: 12+

Activity level: Moderate to good fitness and mobility required. We will be walking along the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail between the two sites (approximately 20 minutes each way with a moderate gradient in places).

This field trip is available to a limited number of people for health and safety reasons. Register your place on this trip at Please include your name, number of people in your group and contact details (including your mobile phone number).

This field trip is part of Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail’s 10-year anniversary celebrations.

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