11 Dec 2010

New Rock Art Centre opens

6:23 am on 11 December 2010

A new tourist attraction opened in Timaru on Friday.

Waatea News reports the $2.7 million Rock Art Centre fulfils a long-standing dream of Ngai Tahu to both protect the 500 rock art sites in Canterbury and Otago and bring back many of the examples removed early last century and placed in museums.

Curator Amanda Symon says the centre includes interactive technology to display the taonga and tell the tribe's story.

More than 36,000 visitors per year are expected by the centre.