Story: Walking tracks

Māori track

Māori track

This 1848 drawing by William Swainson, in which a Māori is standing and two others are sitting, shows the track along the western side of Wellington Harbour. Thousands of Māori walking tracks were still being used at the time. After the 1855 earthquake raised the land west of the Wellington Fault, this traditional route, like many others, was transformed into a major road.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-187-030
Pencil work by William Swainson

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Jock Phillips, 'Walking tracks - Māori highways', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Apr 2016