Story: The New Zealand bush

Walter Lawry

Walter Lawry

Walter Lawry was a Wesleyan Methodist missionary who came from Tonga to New Zealand in 1843, as the superintendent of the Wesleyan mission. He soon set off to carry the gospel to various parts of New Zealand.

Download the PDF document to read an extract from Lawry’s journal, describing the challenges of struggling through the New Zealand bush. Such experiences led Europeans to think of ‘the bush’ in New Zealand as dense jungle.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'The New Zealand bush - What is the bush?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007