Story: South Canterbury region

River travel

River travel

Mōkihi are rafts made from bundles of raupō stalks tightly bound by flax. The vessels were well suited to travelling the rapid braids of the region’s rivers. This 1852 drawing by Walter Mantell shows a mōkihi beached beside the Waitaki River.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-103-098-2
Pencil sketch by Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell

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John Wilson, 'South Canterbury region - Māori in South Canterbury', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Feb 2017