Story: Coastal shoreline

Coastal profiles

Coastal profiles

Charles Heaphy painted this series of coastal profiles about 1842, when he was a draughtsman for the New Zealand Company. They present seven continuous views of New Zealand’s west coast – from Queen Charlotte Sound in the northern South Island (top view), to north Taranaki, with Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont) visible (bottom views). They show the variety of the country’s coastline – from rocky shores (top view), to a low-lying sandy coast (middle views) to the cliffed shoreline around Taranaki (bottom views).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-025-021
Watercolour by Charles Heaphy

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Cliffs and beaches', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 March 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006