Ex­plore lime­stone coun­try

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

The self-guided trail ex­tends some 80 kilo­me­tres from Mo­er­aki in the south to Dun­troon in the north­west. It re­veals more than 20 sig­nif­i­cant ge­o­log­i­cal sites that ex­plore the an­cient, sub­ter­ranean his­tory of North Otago with its extinct vol­ca­noes, min­eral lo­cal­i­ties, fos­sil sites and ma­jor land­forms from five mil­lion to 80 mil­lion years ago. These sites can be ap­proached from any di­rec­tion and the trail can be taken in 10-minute trips, as an ex­pe­di­tion over sev­eral days or even over years. Some ge­ol­o­gists have spent their adult lives ex­am­in­ing and de­scrib­ing the an­cient his­tory of the re­gion.

Two of the most spec­tac­u­lar Waitaki Val­ley sites on the trail are within a few min­utes’ drive or cy­cle ride from Dun­troon.

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