Join our local Ngāi Tahu guides – descendants of the people that created these fantastic artworks – on a journey through the history and culture of our people at our state of the art, immersive cultural centre, Te Ana. We are the kaitiaki (gaurdians) of one of the most significant collections of ancient Māori rock art in the country – eight tribal taonga (treasures) cut from sites over a hundred years ago, now returned to their home and their people. Retrace the seasonal journeys of our ancestors, and explore the practice of rock drawing: make your own rock art, hold an ancient moa bone, shelter form Pouakai the giant eagle in the cave of the Taniwha . . . .
Location: Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre, 2 George St, Timaru
Hours: Open daily – 10am – 3pm
Time: Tours run regularly
Explore Aotearoa / New Zealand’s first art galleries – where haunting images were painted on the walls and ceilings of limestone caves by our ancestors many hundreds of years ago. Follow in their footsteps, share their stories, immerse yourself in local Ngāi Tahu culture.
Tours run from November – April (or by arrangement) and include a 1 hour guided tour of Te Ana Māori rock art Rock Art Centre. Note that this activity is self drive – you will follow our guides to the Ōpihi rock art sites in your own vehicle.
Prior bookings essential
Time: 2pm daily
Location: Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre and Ōpihi Rock Art sites
Duration: Allow 3 hours