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“worthwhile and educational”

Te Ana Maori Rock Art
Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Timaru
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

the guide was helpful and we learnt more about our nz history. The interactive displays and peaceful atmosphere added to the appeal.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Maori rock art centre, although not big, provides very good introduction to this precious heritage in NZ, with succinct information, illustrations, videos, models, artefacts, etc to tell you stories, myths and facts. The guide at the centre gave visitors warm welcome and provided information and answered questions. I particularly liked the videos and interactive screens which provide interesting details about Maori life, interviews, and tours to some of the rock art sites.
Recommended.
Also compliments to the staff (2 ladies) of the i-site next to the Centre (tickets sold there). They are so friendly and nice.

Thank A Y
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

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 needed to look around the museum (there were only two of us on the visit) and we spent a full 60 minutes there. We could've spent much longer though, particularly watching the many short video clips, but we felt that we should move on and get off to the rock art site.

We followed Wetere in his car to the Ngai Tahu site, which was about 20 minutes away, ending up driving down an unsealed road in clouds of dust to the location. We then walked down through the course of a long-since river the cut through the limestone to the cave where the huge interlinked Taniwha was to be seen. The painting is very faded now, which is hardly surprising after 1,000 years, but it is still very visible. It was amazing to see such an iconic painting, one that is symbolic of the people.

Wetere's passion for his subject shone through, and it was really wonderful to hear the stories that had been passed down through the generations from his ancestors. It felt a real priviidge to be able to visit the site and gain such a great understanding of how Maori people existed so many years ago, and to see the evidence of their everyday lives.

Our only issue was that it did seem very expensive at $130 each (museum entry and cost of visit to site) to see only one of the many locations of the rock art. Yes, we did spend a good three hours in total with Wetere, and it is acknowledged that the money does go towards preserving the wonderful history of the indigenous people of New Zealand, but it's a still a lot of money.

Thank you though, Wetere, for sharing in such depth, and with such pride and passion. the wonderful history of a great people.

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2018

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, for Wetere's time (3.5 hours), and for travel costs - a total of $119.58. The remaining $140.42 (from a tour for two people) is utilised towards the preservation and management of the 700+ Maori rock art sites within our tribal area (we are a registered not-for-profit organisation). When setting the price for the tour we looked at other similar experiences in terms of the guided component, and the duration. From a visitor experience perspective, the ability to hear the stories of the art from a manawhenua (local Maori) guide, descended from the people that created the art, is a highlight of the activity and your comments reflect this, which is pleasing.

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Reviewed October 17, 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 children. We would highly recommend it.

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Amanda S, Manager at Te Ana Maori Rock Art, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 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 October 13, 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 interesting. This has been our favourite place to visit in Timaru.

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