Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks


12 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

1 Oamaru

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Marios Gavalas

Author And Researcher

Nau mai, haere mai

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I'm Marios, delivering the best of Aotearoa's nature walks to your device.

I've personally walked hundreds of New Zealand's tracks and spent months in libraries uncovering interesting information on New Zealand/Aotearoa. And you'll find a slice of that research on this page - enjoy!


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500 m return | 15 minutes return

Elephant Rocks is a collection of weathered limestone outcrops tucked away on a farm near Duntroon. Elephant sized limestone sculptures in a paddock.

Some parts may look familiar to viewers of the film "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" - the scenes of Aslan's camp were filmed here. Unlike other film landscapes in New Zealand, you'll probably share this one with just a few sheep. Being off the tourist routes seems to keeps the crowds away.


Just before entering Duntroon from Omarama, turn left into Danseys Pass Road, which becomes Island Cliff Road.

Elephant Rocks are signposted 5.6 km from SH83 junction.


A brief stroll across a paddock brings you to the rocks themselves - scattered artistically around a gentle hillside. Taking time to wander among them is the best way to appreciate the unique rounded shapes.

Wander at leisure through paddocks with their silent monoliths.

Be aware this is a working farm. Leave gates as you found them and ignore the stock.


The area forms part of the Otekaike Limestone block, deposited 24 - 26 million years ago during the Oligocene Period.

Subsequent uplift and weathering have sculpted these natural forms, which if you stare long enough……..resemble elephants.


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Elephant Rocks

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South IslandCoastal OtagoOamaru


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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

28Oct18. Everything already said about how good they are is correct. Lovely place. Make a donation.
There is even a small long drop hidden away there.
Up the road a bit is Anatini where there are parts of fossilised whale bones still embedded in the rocks. Not so good as the Elephants but worth a short visit. The grass was very long when we were there and was wet so be prepared.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, peaceful and spectacular. We loved passing by this great natural landmark, bonded with baby lamb and calves. Great spot to take the atmosphere in.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Fergus Power

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Awe-inspiring sculpted rock formations spread through a verdant green valley - the perfect place to bring a picnic.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Nicole and Timm


Ranking: 9/10

Nice rock formation just within a grassy area on private land where sheep are. Thanks for opening that to the public. Directly located at the road, easy access.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ben and Pauline


Ranking: 10/10

Rocks with weird forms but so funny. With the sunset - the best!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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James Webster

Ranking: 10/10

Simply brilliant, really is a must to anyone in the area. Visit a fossil place just 2 minutes up the road.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Matthias Thorn


Ranking: 8/10

A short walk from the "carpark" to the rocks through sheep. The scenery is very peaceful. Search for the elephant. Fantasy will make you find it between the other animals.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Ranking: 10/10

The fact that someone lets people on his field to see these incredible rock formations.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jean Batiste Le meur


Ranking: 8/10

Nice visit to this interesting geology. Remote place, peaceful. crowded with sheep !!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mette, Bo, Viktor & Olivia Seligmann


Ranking: 5/10

I think this is situated a little wrong on this map. Acording to a local map we found, it is down Livingston Duntroon Rd. near Duntroon. Acording to the staff at the fossil museum there are also a few places down that road, where you can stop and look for fossils yourself.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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C Schaap


Ranking: 8/10


Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Abee and Suess


Ranking: 10/10

At the Flying Pig Cafe in Duntroon (23 Campbell Street), we purchased the best muffins, cookies etc, nice small garden or to takeaway!! We took it to the Elephant Rocks and ate it there!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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