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Te Ana Maori Rock Art

2 George Street | Landing Services Building, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
+64 3-684 9141
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Fascinating insight, but perhaps too expensive?

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Te Ana Rock Art museum in Timaru. The introduction by Wetere... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RetiredBritsAbroad
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Wow what a Maori cultural experience

We spent a very informative and interesting tour with Wes. He is very passionate about his culture... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
D4181KSjohng
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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 Maori Rock Art Centre, Te Ana, and guided tours to some of the districts most stunning examples of Maori rock drawings, also known as cave art. We are a Maori 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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2 George Street | Landing Services Building, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Te Ana Rock Art museum in Timaru. The introduction by Wetere was really excellent, and gave us a real insight into Maori culture and the history of the people. Wetere allowed us as much time as we...More

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora, Thanks for your feedback - I passed on your comments to Wetere and he was really pleased to hear them. Thanks also for your comments regarding the price of the tour. The tour fee ($130 per adult) has an element of cost recovery,...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

We spent a very informative and interesting tour with Wes. He is very passionate about his culture and it was infectious. We spent over an hour just wandering through and listening to his stories. The attraction is suitable for all types of visitors adults and...More

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Kia ora and thank you for your positive comments - we really appreciate your feedback, and we so glad you enjoyed your time with Wes!

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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Today we visited the Te Ana Maori rock art with my 3 children aged 8,11 and 12. The exhibition itself is very interesting and interactive for adults and children but our guide Sue was amazing. Sue makes the place. The talk is very informative and...More

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Kia ora Sam, Nice to hear you that you and your children had a fantastic time with Sue - its great to be able to share this amazing piece of our heritage with our guests! Amanda

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

We visited Timaru on a cruise ship and had the opportunity to take an excursion which included the museum and a visit to local caves with rock art. If on a cruise, we recommend this excursion. The museum is informative, well structured, and the guides...More

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Kia ora Fred, Thanks for the positive review and a great idea to give some guidance for other photographers that may join us for a tour of the caves. Most cruise ships visiting Timaru offer our guided tours as part of their shore excursion programme,...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Very informative and it's great to be able to look at everything as you go,Recommend if your interested in the Maori culture

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Kia ora and thanks for your positive comments - great you enjoyed your time at Te Ana!

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Great way to learn history of timaru, was part of school trip, kids loved it, heaps of tourists there aswell soaking up the history.

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2017

Kia ora Wilson whanau - glad to hear you enjoyed the school trip to Te Ana!

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Reviewed 24 January 2017

We had a wonderful, informative tour while visiting the Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre. It was fantastic in that not only was our guide exceptionally knowledgeable, but that it was also a private tour (thanks to it being the off season), so we were...More

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Kia ora Alicia - thanks for your feedback on your experience at Te Ana!

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Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Interesting to see but there was obviously a lot of damage before it was realised how significant it was. Some also taken by museums. Still interesting but not a wow

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Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed this visit and we had Wes share his rock art stories. An important place to visit to receive a perspective of early Maori history in our area. The sites are worth visiting too but expect faint drawings and you will not be disappointed.More

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2016

Kia ora Flyingkiwis, Thanks for your positive feedback on the tour - much appreciated! A good point regarding the faintness of some of the drawings. Unlike other cultures, there was no practice of 'refreshing' (painting over) the drawings in Maori culture, so depending on the...More

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Reviewed 24 November 2016

This was an awesome experience particularly for our Service Users who had not been there before. The staff were very knowledgeable and catered for the various levels of understanding in the group which was very much appreciated

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2016

Kai ora Sharyn, Thanks for your positive comments - we're glad the group enjoyed their trip to Te Ana and rock art activities. Amanda

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schillingpitanga2017
8 July 2017|
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Response from Amanda S | Property representative |
Kia ora - the cost is $22/adult for a one hour guided tour at our cultural centre, Te Ana, which houses 8 pieces of ancient Maori rock art in a fantastic interactive exhibition, or $130/adult for the guided tour of the... More
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BhuddaBud
25 October 2016|
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Response from Amanda S | Property representative |
Kia ora and thanks for your inquiry. A guided tour of Te Ana maori Rock Art Centre takes around an hour, however you are welcome to stay as long as like. We are open from 10am to 3pm. You would need to allow 3 hours to take... More
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