Story: Walking tracks

Passes between Canterbury and the West Coast

The discovery of gold on the West Coast in 1864 led many miners to cross the major passes from Canterbury. All had been used by Māori going west for pounamu (greenstone). The most popular was Harper Pass, up the Hurunui to the Taramakau River. But in the long term the most important route was Arthur’s Pass, which soon became a road for horses and carriages. The Harper, Browning and Whitcombe passes remain as tracks for trampers today.

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Jock Phillips, 'Walking tracks - Walking for work', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 June 2023)

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