TAKIROA rock art


These limestone overhangs presented early travellers shelter along a seasonal route up the Waitaki Valley. The Māori rock art captured here includes images from abstract forms to bird and animal life, people and first impressions of European settlers


Takiroa is a significant landmark in the traditions of Ngāi Tahu Whānui. This rock shelter lies on an ancient pathway following the Waitaki River from the mountains to the sea. The headwaters of the Waitaki River are fed from ka roimata o Aoraki – the tears of Aoraki – the ancestral mountain of Ngāi Tahu Whānui. Takiroa is a physical reminder of the ancestors who have passed through this landscape. This land provided shelter, sustenance, and guidance to them and was and still is a place to share knowledge, a place to learn from, and a repository of people and treasures from the past.

Latitude: -44.842946  Longitude: 170.644710

Easy walk


Scenic views  & Photo opportunities


To get Takiroa rock drawings from the north end of Duntroon, head up SH83 about 3km and look for the information sign and carpark. There's a brief walk up uneven path. 

Park at the information sign. Caution! Rocks still fall. Please treat this rock art site with care and respect to ensure this continues to be a special place to stop. 

Visitors are requested to eat and drink only in designated areas.


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"What a fantastic window into the past. Today we saw fossil bones in limestone at two different sites. One set were whale bones. Just awesome that this trail has been put together, maintained and promoted."

— Mark Shipman, 

Vanished World visitor