What would you recommend visitors to do while staying in Duntroon?
Vanished World fossil centre
Has been opened for approximately 20 years and staffed solely by passionate volunteers. It showcases fossils found locally in our neighbouring farms, by visiting here you may meet true locals who will share a cup of tea and biscuit and many stories of early Duntroon.
Nicols Blacksmith Shop
Owned and operated by 4 farmers who bought it in 1975, who later restored the building with the help of volunteers and professionals working together – it’s also classed as one of New Zealand’s historic places. We are extremely fortunate to have the forge in working order, with demonstrations and live blacksmith courses available for the public to buy and try their hand at creating a piece. The magic happens each weekend and many tools made here are available to buy for gifts.
The brewery hole is directly behind the blacksmith and linked to a series of underground tunnels that are connected to the Waitaki river. An information panel is located nearby, which displays a GPS map of where it goes underground.
The work on the wetlands has been a continuous project over many years, with the help of a few locals and DDDA. The wetlands is a very special place and our wishes are to share the wetlands with everyone, to stop and sit for a while, and to soak up the sun amongst nature. You may find a wooden seat that has been dedicated to my father, who was chief of the Duntroon Fire Brigade and a true local.