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Hochstetter’s travels near Nelson (2nd of 2)

Hochstetter’s travels near Nelson

The solid line is the route taken by Hochstetter and Haast on land. The dotted line is their route by sea.

The settlers of Nelson were keen for their mineral-rich province to be examined by a geologist. Hochstetter and Haast set off for Nelson in July 1859. Over the next two months they examined many localities in Nelson and Marlborough, especially places where gold, cold and copper were being worked. Gold had been discovered two years earlier in the Collingwood area, and miners guided them to localities where the bones of extinct birds had been found in caves. They excavated some complete moa skeletons.

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Reference: Les Kermode, 'Ferdinand Hochstetter in New Zealand.’ Geological Society of New Zealand Historical Studies Group Newsletter, no. 5 (September 1992): 11-2

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Simon Nathan, 'Geological exploration - The search for gold and minerals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 August 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006