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Crossing Harper Pass

Crossing Harper Pass

Until 1866, when Nicholas Chevalier drew this sketch, Harper Pass was the main route from Canterbury to the West Coast. In that year, a road over Arthur’s Pass was finished and Harper Pass was used only by keen trampers. Arthur’s Pass was more direct, while Harper Pass had some steep sections, shown in this sketch of the artist and his wife coming down from the pass. The drawing is titled ‘The shoot after passing the Hurunui Saddle’, an alternative name for the pass. The Hurunui River was the route to the pass from the Canterbury side.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-102-029
Pencil sketch by Nicholas Chevalier

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Jock Phillips, 'European exploration - Canterbury and the search for a pass', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007