The Vanished World Centre

ENTRANCE FEE: ADULT – $10, This allows access to dig your own fossils from blocks at the Centre. Children under 12yrs accompanied by an adult FREE

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak the centre has followed current advice and closed to protect our visitors, volunteers and community. We will happily open again when we are advised to do so and look forward to greeting you at the centre.. If you have any questions please use the Contact page and we will get back to you as soon as.

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The Vanished World Centre at Duntroon is the heart of the Vanished World Trail with displays that help explain and interpret the fossils, rocks, localities, and landforms along the Trail. Visitors wishing to participate in the fossil heritage of the Waitaki are able to gain a greater appreciation of the unique nature of the area by viewing these displays. Specimens are mostly from within a 20km radius of the village of Duntroon The fossils-whales, dolphins, and invertebrates, reveal the marine ecosystems of the Oligocene time some 20-30 million years ago.

The Centre has a  fossil extraction room that allows children to gain a first “hands-on experience” of fossils. An additional room houses a collection of rocks and minerals found in the District.  In combination, they are an excellent educational resource for school groups studying earth science

The Centre sells a range of geological- merchandise, particularly books. There is a great range of products for young people and beginners, from model construction packages to junior paleontologist digger kits. Income from merchandise sales, together with an entrance fee helps cover running costs and the sales of the Vanished World Trail Brochure helps the Society maintain the trail.