Unique geology can be found throughout the district. Other popular geo-attractions include the Clay Cliffs and Elephant Rocks – which featured in the film Narnia, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. These formations are all a part of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark(opens in new window), an aspiring global geopark which combines and promotes a network of sites of geological, historical and cultural significance.
The geopark blankets the district and as you journey through the Waitaki, you'll find incredible variation of contrasting landscapes which change with the seasons – from the snowy peaks of the rugged South Island high country down river valleys, alongside lakes and hydro dams through a patchwork of rolling emerald hills to the beautiful beaches of an unspoilt coastline.
The windswept beaches are home to an abundance of wildlife, including yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, other marine birds and a significant colony of New Zealand fur seals.
Observe the world's smallest penguin with a visit to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. You'll be able to watch them arriving home from their day at sea and returning to their nests.