Story: Canterbury region

Whaling stations, Banks Peninsula

In the 1830s, shore whaling stations were established on Banks Peninsula. They were the first European settlements in Canterbury, and provided bases for early exploration. This map shows the sites of whaling stations.

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Source: Nigel Prickett, Archaeology of New Zealand shore whaling. Wellington: Department of Conservation 2002

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Discovery and settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015