Takiroa is a limestone outcrop which today still holds the petroglyph treasures of the Ngai Tahu people from two centuries ago.
According to Maori legend, the limestone outcrops were formed by Tamatea-Pokai-Whenua as he roamed the land lighting fires.
Takiroa is located on State Highway 83, two kilometres inland from Duntroon on New Zealand's South Island. The site lies along the path of the Waitaki River on its journey from the mountains to the sea, and was a resting place for tribal people as they made their way across the island.
The rock art is believed to depict taniwha and native wildlife, and there are some drawings of sailings ships and people on horseback.
Several sections of the art have been removed in the past for 'preservation', but Takiroa still provides a tranquil spot for visitors to stop and enjoy a glimpse into New Zealand's indigenous cultural history.
There are several Maori rock art sites in New Zealand.