Story: Mountaineering

Mt Sparrman

Mt Sparrman

The first substantial New Zealand mountain to be climbed by Europeans was Mt Sparrman (781 m) in Dusky Sound, ascended by four of James Cook’s crew in 1773 during his second voyage to New Zealand. In 1999, the Australian art historian Bernard Smith was among a group who travelled to Dusky Sound on the Breaksea Girl to recreate Cook’s visit. The boat is moored in the sound, with Mt Sparrman partially hidden by clouds.

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John Wilson, 'Mountaineering - Beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by John Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Feb 2017