Story: Māori–Pākehā relations

Whaling stations around New Zealand

New Zealand's whaling stations were clustered in small groups, mainly along the east coast of both islands, to take advantage of whale migration routes. Click on the outlined place names on this map to see images of those stations. Local tribes traded food, water and firewood with whalers, in return for goods such as iron tools and muskets.


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Mark Derby, 'Māori–Pākehā relations - Whaling stations – first contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 May 2011