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South IslandCoastal OtagoOamaru

Elephant Rocks is a collection of weathered limestone outcrops tucked away on a farm near Duntroon in the south island.

Inland from Oamaru, north of Dunedin - it is a short but picturesque drive through farmland, following the discreet signposting. It is easy to miss the parking area, being just a little space at the side of the road to pull over, with only a sign and fence crossing to distinguish it from any other sheep paddock.

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.

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.

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10 reviews with the most recent first

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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 4 months ago

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Nicole and Timm

Germany

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 8 months ago

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Ben and Pauline

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 2 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 3 years ago

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Matthias Thorn

Germany

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 3 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Marine

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jean Batiste Le meur

France

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mette, Bo, Viktor & Olivia Seligmann

Denmark

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 over 5 years ago

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C Schaap

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Fabulous.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Abee and Suess

Germany

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 5 years ago

10 reviews with the most recent first

Fergus Power's avatar

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 4 months ago

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Nicole and Timm

Germany

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 8 months ago

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Ben and Pauline

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 2 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 3 years ago

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Matthias Thorn

Germany

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 3 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Marine

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

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Jean Batiste Le meur

France

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mette, Bo, Viktor & Olivia Seligmann

Denmark

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 over 5 years ago

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C Schaap's avatar

C Schaap

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Fabulous.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Abee and Suess

Germany

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 5 years ago