Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre

Take a unique journey into our past through an expertly curated cultural archive. Your expert guides will decode and translate the meanings and significance of our practices and traditions.

They will take you into the lives and ways of our ancestors. How they lived, ate and the belief systems and practices that allowed them to call Te Waipounamu (South Island) home.

Discover the most significant collection of Māori rock art drawings in the world at the interactive Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre.

Experience the terrifying attack of Pouākai, the world’s largest eagle which roamed the skies more than 500 years ago and learn about the seasonal journeys of our ancestors as your Ngāi Tahu guide shares stories and insights that bring this ancient art form to life.

Be inspired to protect this fragile aspect of our national heritage and understand why we treasure this legacy today.

Included in your tour:

  • A one hour guided guided tour of Te Ana Māori Rock Centre

Need to know!

  • Tour is indoors in a low light environment
  • Tour commentary is in English
  • Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre is wheelchair accessible

Booking information

  • Tours operate regularly between 10am and 3pm. 
  • Tours are perfect for families and small groups.
  • Prior booking is essential to avoid missing out on your preferred date and time.
  • Tour length is approximate – if you have specific time constraints please let us know.
  • Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include all taxes.
  • Te Ana Māori Rock Art is closed on 25-26 December
  • Child pricing for aged 0-13 years

Meet your guides

The Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust
The Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust

Our archaeological guides descend from the creators of these ancient artworks. Connect with their personal journey as they uncover more layers to our history.

The Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust was established in 2002 to support Rūnanga (Māori Regional Councils) and their communities to care for and interpret their Māori Rock Art heritage. Through a dedicated team of specialist staff it provides leadership in the education, conservation, and management of rock art throughout the Ngāi Tahu takiwā.

The Trust also manages the South Island Māori Rock Art Project (SIMRAP), a tribal initiative containing the largest and most complete archive of Southern Māori rock art images in the world, and the Te Ana Māori Rock Art visitor centre and tours.

“Our visitors appreciate being able to learn the stories of Māori rock art from the descendants of the people who created the art. We love giving them a tangible connection with the first people of this landscape through Māori rock art.”