Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre
Maori Rock Art Tours
Discover the stories of Māori rock art at our tribal Rock Art Centre, Te Ana. See the most significant collection of ancient Māori rock art in New Zealand. Share tribal stories and traditions with our local Māori guides. Enjoy our incredible interactive exhibition: experience the terrifying attack of Pouākai, the world’s largest eagle which roamed the skies more than 500 years ago; shelter in the ‘Cave of the Taniwha’ where the rock art is created before your eyes then takes on a life of its own!
Deepen your knowledge of Maori rock art on our rock art site tours as our guides share the stories of our ancestors on the same trails that they once travelled. Journey with us to these cherished places and let the past come to life at a group of treasured rock art sites. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors; learn how they lived and why we treasure their legacy today.
Our role as rock art guardians Te Ana is a non-profit organisation - all funds from our Centre and tours are used for the protection of the many Māori rock art sites in our district, and for the revitalisation of this treasured aspect of our tribal culture. By joining us at Te Ana you are helping to protect this tribal legacy for the generations to come.
Te Ana Maori Rock Centre Tour
Te Ana Maori Art Centre, Timaru holds the most significant collection of Maori rock drawings in the world and serves as the entranceway to the world of Ngai Tahu, the Maori tribe of the South Island.
Departs 10am-3pm | Duration 1 hour
Te Ana Maori Rock Art Site Tour
After visiting the Rock Art Centre, continue your journey to the sacred rock art sites at Opihi. See the most significant collection of Maori rock drawings in the world. Retrace the seasonal journeys of our ancestors. Let our guides show you the way they lived . . . practices still followed today.
Please note this activity is self-drive – visitors follow the guide to the sites in their own vehicle to the Opihi Rock Art site.
Departs 2pm* | Duration 3 hours *October - April
Price: $22 to $130
Located in Timaru I-site on George Street.
CHILD POLICY Family Friendly.
CANCELLATION 24 hours 100% | cancellation due to weather Full Refund (Rock Art Site tour)
SEASON Open year round
CHRISTMAS Closed Christmas Day
After your visit, relax at the nearby Opihi Vineyard Café with a sampling of their award winning wines grown in the same picturesque limestone valley