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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.

Takiroa Takiroa Takiroa

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