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FIRST GEOLOGIC MAP OF NZ FOR SALE

Updated: Feb 8

Great for the class room and a fabulous present! The first national geologic map of New Zealand is finally for sale to raise funds for the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark! For only $10.


We know some of you have been waiting for this for a while - And we finally got a number of A2 posters printed of these beautiful maps! Some details for purchase, pick up and delivery:

  • Pick-up: Waitaki & Oamaru Visitor Centre in Oamaru (corner of Itchen and Thames St) - Monday, Thursday & Friday 10am - 4pm - $10

  • Delivery to (extra charge for courier option):

  • North Island: +$20 postage

  • South Island: +$15 postage

  • Email us info@whitestonegeopark.nz to order your map today.

  • Payment: Cash or direct transfer into our bank account: 03-0937-0030735-00, Westpac, Reference: Map, Last name


This gorgeous map is the first national geologic map of New Zealand—and it all began in the Waitaki district! The map was compiled in 1865 by Sir James Hector, director of the Otago Geologic Survey, naturalist, and surgeon in his spare time. Hector got together with Canterbury geologist Julius von Haast to put together the map, but progress stalled when Hector and Haast disagreed about the geology they had seen on either side of the Waitaki River. We now know that they were both right—the river marks a major boundary between the schist of Otago and the greywacke of Canterbury. You may be wondering how a bunch of geologists could make such a beautiful masterpiece... they didn't! Local Oamaru legend and architect Thomas Forrester was commissioned to do all the fancy ink and watercolour work, leaving Hector with more time for geologizing. Hector also used this time to examine the world's smallest and rarest dolphin that lives along the Otago coast: Hector's dolphin.


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