We the people of Ngāi Tahu Whānui invite you to share our stories and traditions as you journey with us at Te Ana!

Discover the stories of Māori rock art at our tribal Rock Art Centre.  See the most significant collection of ancient Māori rock art in New Zealand. Share tribal stories and traditions with our local Māori guides. Enjoy our incredible interactive exhibition: experience the terrifying attack of Pouākai, the world’s largest eagle which roamed the skies more than 500 years ago; shelter in the ‘Cave of the Taniwha’ where the rock art is created before your eyes then takes on a life of its own!

Deepen your knowledge of Maori rock art on our rock art site tours as our guides share the stories of our ancestors on the same trails that they once traveled. Journey with us to these cherished places and let the past come to life at a group of treasured rock art sites.  Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors; learn how they lived and why we treasure their legacy today.

Our role as rock art guardians  Te Ana is a non-profit organisation - all funds from our Centre and tours are used for the Māori rock art and the revitalisation of the aspect of our tribal culture. By joining us at Te Ana you are helping to protect this our precious tribal legacy for the generations to come.

Manaakitia kā taoka o nehe
Embrace our treasured past!


Keeping the traditions of our ancestors alive

 At Te Ana we offer a stunning range of Ngai Tahu made artworks inspired by the rock art of our ancestors. By purchasing one of these special works you are supporting Ngai Tahu artists to keep the spirit of our ancestors alive, and contributing to the management and protection of these special places!

Ngai Tahu Authenticated Pounamu Maori rock art Kahuwai Jewelery Maori rock art scarf Maori rock art jewelery

We are also proud partners in the Ngai Tahu Pounamu (Greenstone) Auntentication programme. Every piece of pounamu we sell is gauranteed to be authentic New Zealand greenstone (not Chinese or Alaskan jade) which has been sourced legally and created by a registered Ngai Tahu craftsperson. With the unique code that accompanies each piece you can find the source of the stone used, and the craftsperson that made it.

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Visitors Say

  • "Fabulous. Makes you really think about our local history."

  • "A great tribute to the Maori art and culture of South Canterbury"

  • "What an amazing place – a treasure for South Canterbury"

  • "Awesome – great integration of Maori culture and history with the land"

  • "Fantastic and moving, with excellent guiding."

  • "Fantastic! A real asset to Timaru"

  • "Well done Te Ana – what a fabulous resource, especially for schools"

  • "Great New Zealand history to be proud of "

  • "Brilliant – stayed 2 hours, could have stayed 3!"

  • "A fantastic peak into our country’s proud and rich history! Kapai!"

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