New Zealand facts & history in brief
New Zealand Map
is another place 'been there,
done that', but can't I find much
information about it.
It is in the South Island, somewhere
between Alexandra and Christchurch,
marked beside the road, the lime
stone more like shelters than caves
with early Maori drawings.
They are close to the road and
often used by sheep as shelter.
The fumes from the sheep's droppings are
slowly damaging these ancient drawings.
I have a photo on this page of the
information in the cave and I'll also quote
it here; "Takiroa These pre-European
rock painting of unknown date were recorded
by W.B.D. Mantell in 1852.
They are done in Kokowai (red ochre)
and charcoal on limestone.
The Maoris from moa-hunter times
used the shelter probably as a
temporary resting place.
Europeans camped here later too.
Some of the paintings
were removed in 1916.
They are now housed in the Otago,
Wanganui and Auckland Museums.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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