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Updated: Dec 9, 2022

We are excited to announce the installation of updated signage at some of our keys geosites across the Waitaki District. The revitalised signs will offer educational material focusing on geological, cultural and natural stories.

The first phase begins next week with 10 of the existing Vanished World trail signs being updated. The second phase is due to be completed by September and will include the installation of 7 new signs. The increase in signage will raise visibility of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark and boost awareness and visitor appreciation of the sites.

The Geopark team has worked with various agencies, who have supported the project with illustrations, content and editing to ensure the integrity of its information. Cultural content and histories have been provided by Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, a key partner of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark.

Other organisations include Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki, Department of Conservation, Vanished World Committee, Forest & Bird (Waitaki Branch), Waitaki Museum & Archive, GNS Science, Geology & Paleontology Departments of University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. We are extremely grateful for the huge support we received from all these organisation towards this projects.

Three of the revitalised signs include a short audio experience. The audio experience is a new feature to the experience. This project was undertaken by Nathan Hollows, a student from the Science Communication Department at the University of Otago. Visitors can use their own phone to scan a QR Code before being immersed in a 90-second uninterrupted history.

Locations of the signs are listed below:

New sign locations:

  1. Ahuriri Valley

  2. Lake Ōhau

  3. Hutcheson’s Quarry

  4. Kākaunui/Kakanui River

  5. Campbells Bay

  6. Ōrore/All Day Bay

  7. Puketapu

Refreshed Vanished World Trail sign locations:

  1. Brewery Hole

  2. Takiroa Māori Rock Art Site

  3. Vanished World Centre

  4. Elephant Rocks (audio)

  5. Anatini

  6. Valley of the Whales (audio)

  7. Waianakarua

  8. Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony

  9. Te Kaihīnaki / Moeraki Boulders

  10. Lookout Point Ōamaru (audio)

  11. Waipata/Earthquakes

On Monday 20th June, the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark will unveil the Lookout Point sign in Ōamaru at 11.30am and invites you to come along.

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