Story: Marlborough places

Roadside Stories: Kupe and Cook in the Sounds

In Māori tradition, the drowned river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds were explored by the legendary Polynesian navigator Kupe in his pursuit of a giant octopus. Many place names in the area relate to Kupe. British navigator James Cook also explored the Sounds, resting and reprovisioning his crew at Ship Cove. Whaling stations were later established.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Kupe and Cook in the Sounds. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough places - Outer Sounds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35327/roadside-stories-kupe-and-cook-in-the-sounds (accessed 25 August 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 18 Jun 2015