Curio Bay

Mair Road (On the Catlins Coastal Heritage Trail)
Waikawa, Southland
See the 180-million-year-old fossil forest. The petrified stumps, fallen trees and fern imprints date from the Jurrassic period. It is accessible at low tide and there is a viewing platform.

"180 million years ago the Curio Bay area was a broad forested coastal floodplain. During this time, (known as the middle Jurassic period), New Zealand was part of the eastern margin of the ancient super-continent known as Gondwana. North of Curio Bay, most of future New Zealand was beneath the sea.

The forest predominantly consisted of trees forming a low canopy over an undergrowth dominated by ferns."



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  • A petrified log.
    A petrified log.
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    Incoming Tide at Curio Bay
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    Curio Bay
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