Elephant rocks

Over 20 million years in the making – just for your enjoyment.

If you are a fan of geological rarities, make a plan to visit the Elephant Rocks, located just 40 minutes out of Ōamaru.
These unusual rocks have become a popular tourist attraction and visitors flock to the site to see the formations for themselves.
The rocks vary in colour and appear to be elephants huddling together. This unique sight was created after fossil-rich limestone deposited millions of years ago was eroded.

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail runs right past the rocks. If you bike the trail, make sure you give yourself some extra time to see the boulders up close.

The site is easy to access, with a well-maintained path leading visitors through the rocks, and offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Visitors can also climb on the rocks, a fun and challenging activity for young and old.

The surrounding scenery is a beautiful native bush habituated by native birds and wildlife, making it an ideal spot for bird watchers, and for parents wanting to teach their children about the New Zealand flora and fauna. Pack a picnic and made a day out of it.

The Elephant Rocks site was used as a filming location in The Chronicle of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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