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Lake Wānaka from Trig Hill

Lake Wānaka from Trig Hill

After surveying the coastal plains of Southland, in December 1857 J. T. Thomson followed chief Reko’s instructions and headed into the lake district via the Waitaki River. From Trig Hill he painted this scene of Lake Wānaka with its long, narrow eastern arm, marked on Māori sketches.

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Watercolour by John Turnbull Thomson

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Jock Phillips, 'European exploration - Otago and Southland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007