Lower Maerewhenua Rock Art Site 4

Livingstone-Duntroon Road, Duntroon

  • Lower Maerewhenua Rock Art Site 4.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: E Andersen.
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    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 5657 Date Entered 16th April 1985


City/District Council

Waitaki District


Canterbury Region

Legal description

SEC 72, Blk III Maerewhenua SD (CT OT19C/231), Otago Land District

Location description

Approximately 500m south of State Highway 83 along Livingstone-Duntroon Road the large limestone outcrop that forms this historic area is on the eastern side of the road.


This Historic Place consists of a rock art site at the base of a north-west facing limestone cliff. The rock art site contains many black drawings. This historic place can be considered as part of chain of moa-hunter period sites recorded in the Waitaki Valley stretching from Korotuaheka at the river mouth, to the rock art sites at Kokoamo and Maerewhenua, to Otakaroa, to the sites at the junction of the Upper Waitaki with Shepherd's Creek and the Ahuriri River. The region that this historic place is located within has many early traditional stories associated with it, and the area is of highest cultural and spiritual significance to the Ngai Tahu Whanui.

This area is of archaeological, cultural, and traditional significance due to its association with the early Maori inhabitants of the South Island, the Maori cultural values associated with it, especially in relation to the Ngai Tahu Whanui, the archaeological rarity of the site, the unique and outstanding nature of the art work that remains in-situ, and the area's association with traditional and historical figures of importance to both Maori and all New Zealanders. This historic place is located on private land, and is not open to the public.


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Construction Dates

Public NZAA Number


Completion Date

13th June 2008

Report Written By

Ellen Andersen

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.