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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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11 reviews with the most recent first

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Dylan

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 about 1 month 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 7 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 11 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 over 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 over 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 almost 6 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 almost 6 years ago

11 reviews with the most recent first

Dylan's avatar

Dylan

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 about 1 month ago

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 7 months ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 93 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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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 11 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 over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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James Webster's avatar

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

Matthias Thorn's avatar

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

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Marine's avatar

Marine

France

Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Jean Batiste Le  meur's avatar

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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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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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 almost 6 years ago

Abee and Suess's avatar

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 almost 6 years ago