Maori Rock Art JauntBeginner
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
NB The trail is CLOSED for lambing 1 August to 1 October
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Start along the Waikari Walkway, do not take the path to the plane table. After around 700m of flat walkway you will see a seat and a sign to the Maori rock art. Turn left and follow the fence line and the yellow markers straight up the hill. At the brow of the hill continue following the fence line down in amongst the limestone rock features and then follow the signs pointing to the right to the overhang with the fence protecting the rock art. Return back the same way.
Features of interest
Māori first explored the Weka Pass area about 1000 years ago. The area was originally forested, and Māori would visit the area on their seasonal round for mahinga kai - food gathering. Birds were abundant, and included the now extinct moa and koreke / quail, as well as weka, kererū, kākā, kiwi in the forest, and a variety of waterfowl and freshwater fish in the streams. Māori used the large overhanging limestone shelter as a temporary overnight camp. It was during these stays that they drew on the shelter wall, using charcoal from their fires, and red ochre (haematite) often called kōkōwai. The subjects of their drawings were simple human figures, fish and dogs. Some drawings are more imaginative; others are little more than scribbles.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
As you come down the hill into Wakari from the south and just before you reach the first of the shops on the left side of the road there is a sign for the Waikari walkway and the Maori rock art.
Lots of parking available on the side of the road or at the public toilets a couple of hundred meters further along the road.
Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No water on the walk but water is available in Waikari
Snow possible in winter, may be closed during lambing from 1 August to 1 October. Sheep, cows or horses may be present.
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