Archaeological Site Visit

Walk in the footsteps of our ancestors as you journey with our guides to our remote Opihi Rock Art site – one of the best remaining examples of original Māori Rock Art.

Following an hour guided tour of our cultural archive at the Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre you’ll travel  through rolling South Canterbury countryside to this cherished, hidden site – only accessible with a Ngāi Tahu guide.

Deepen your understanding of how our ancestors lived through the clues they left behind and understand why we treasure this legacy today.

Currently, under the conservation of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Rock Art Trust, the only way to see this protected site is with one of our registered Ngāi Tahu guides.

Included in your tour:

  • A one hour guided visit through Te Ana Māori Rock Centre 
  • Hosted visit to the Opihi Rock Art site – not accessible without an authorised guide

Need to know!

  • The first part of this tour is in a low light environment
  • Travel to the Opihi Rock Art site is in convoy with your guides, you will need independent transport for this part of the tour
  • The outdoor guided experience takes place in most weather conditions – the warmth of your hosts will make up for light wind and rain, but we recommend bringing clothing suitable for the forecasted weather conditions and comfortable shoes suitable for walking
  • Tour commentary is in English
  • We regret that there is no wheelchair access to the Opihi Rock Art site

Booking information

  • 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 and varies according to weather conditions on the day. 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.

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.”