Te Ana Māori Rock Art

Te Ana Māori Rock Art, Timaru: Hours, Address, Te Ana Māori Rock Art Reviews: 4.5/5

Te Ana Māori Rock Art
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Te Ana provides personalised, authentic Maori cultural experiences based around the rock art art sites created by our ancestors. We offer guided tours of our Māori Rock Art Centre, Te Ana, and guided tours to some of the districts most stunning examples of Māori rock drawings, also known as cave art. We are a Māori owned not-for-profit organisation - 100% of the proceeds of our centre and site tours are used for the management of the rock art sites in the district. By choosing Te Ana you are helping us to protect this unique aspect of our culture for future generations. Kia ora!
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Mike S
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A Must-Do Experience in the South Island
Mar 2021
What an incredible experience !

If you are interested in Maori culture, history, and art this is one of the must-do experiences in the South Island. You can only do it in Timaru.

Our guide, Sue was great as she took time to explain the displays in the Te Ana Rock Art Centre and answer everyone's questions. What was equally impressive was her ability to put everything into context both in the past when the rock art was being created and also for current members of Ngai Tahu.

My wife loved that Sue was from one of the local runanga and how authentic the experience felt.

After the Rock Art Centre, we went out to a significant rock art site which is on private farm land. The rock art was stunning and provoked a lot of discussion between Sue and the visitors including us. The surrounding landscape which is being restored with native plants was equally beautiful. It was a humbling experience to experience such a beautiful and complex art work out in the New Zealand countryside.

If you have time, put this trip in your itinerary you won't regret it.
Written 21 March 2021
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Wilderness
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
An experience not to be missed!
Mar 2021 • Solo
Te Ana is an incredible experience. Not just a museum, it is interactive, immersive, and you’ll get a guided tour where you will learn more about the fascinating art in this area of New Zealand. After my visit I was even able to visit one of the nearby sites on my own nearby and it was just fantastic! Highly recommended - don’t miss it!
Written 5 March 2021
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Inspiration456650
Russell, New Zealand112 contributions
A Treasure not to be missed.
Feb 2021
This is one of the most informative and exciting places we have been, it is excellent with inter active things to do and explains everything so well. It truely is an amazing experience, we thought we would just pop in and look around and ended up spending 1 and 1/2 hours there - well worth it.
Written 26 February 2021
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Kent and Georgina
9 contributions
Fascinating History
Feb 2021
Most impressed by our tour guide, very knowledgeable but most important respectful of his heritage while remaining age appropriate and genuine to who he is. Anyone interested in rock art or petroglyph from any culture will appreciate what is here. So good to see taonga in such a wonderful and thoughtful space. Well do Ngai Tahu! Our visitors from Northland were extremely impressed, especially being Nga Puhi who do not share this practice.
Written 7 February 2021
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Voyage566785
2 contributions
Sensory delight
Feb 2021 • Family
What an amazing experience. All around sensory input with a simply amazing guide there to share his knowledge. I think that this is something that will keep on coming back to me to relive. Kia ora. Thanks for the experience.
Written 2 February 2021
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Bridget P
Pahiatua, New Zealand119 contributions
Fantastic treasure
Jan 2021 • Couples
Wow, what can I say? This small museum has the most informative display of ancient Maori artefacts and rock drawings. The staff are very welcoming and extremely knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed the korereo from Wes. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the preservation of this history. I we spent well over 1 1/2 hours. I recommend you allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy this venue.
Written 1 January 2021
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Nigel S
Lightwater, UK5,231 contributions
Nice to learn more of the Maori culture
Jan 2020
It was nice to be guided through the Maori culture in this delightful small museum in Timaru. The guide introduced the museum and then explained his culture in may aspects. He then left us to self explore returning several times to answer questions.
Written 25 March 2020
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Thank you for your post, I am glad you enjoyed your experience.
Written 29 March 2020
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good4trav
Chicago, IL68 contributions
One of a kind view into Maori culture
Feb 2020
This is a unique museum/tour combination focused on Maori culture and art. The museum provides an excellent overview with very informative panels and exhibits. The tour of the rock art sites provides even more insights into the fascinating Maori culture. Most Maori rock art sites are off-limits to the public, so this is a great opportunity to experience one, and the guide's commentary adds a great deal to the experience. Highly recommended!
Written 21 March 2020
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MarmiteNZ
Greater Melbourne, Australia72 contributions
Fascinating to learn early art history
Jan 2020 • Solo
Went to the gallery only (not tour) but the filmettes and interactive components gave a good sense of the rock art. Sad to think so much is lost under Benmore Dam.
Written 24 January 2020
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Kia ora Thank you for your comments, yes it is sad. It makes preserving the remaining art so important ,for so many generations of Ngai Tahu, New Zealanders and visitors to enjoy (the original art galleries of New Zealand). Your entry fee goes back into the preservation of protecting the art. Thank you
Written 25 January 2020
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AskDrN
Ahipara, New Zealand150 contributions
Wes is the best guide ever!
Nov 2019
What a beautiful museum with an adorable guide who invites questions and has a wealth of knowledge. The tour driving to the original rock art cave is well worth it!
Written 7 November 2019
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Thank you for your kind words, Wes is indeed a very knowledgeable guide.
Written 10 November 2019
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