Story: Wairarapa region

Wairarapa sheep flock

Wairarapa sheep flock

The first Europeans to enter the Wairarapa in the 1840s considered the area ideal for pastoral farming, and in 1844 the first flock of sheep was driven around the coast from Wellington onto the Wairarapa plains. These sheep are grazing in a paddock between Carterton and Masterton, with the Tararua Range in the background.

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa region - European settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 1 Mar 2017