Story: Walking tracks

Quintin McKinnon in camp (1st of 3)

Quintin McKinnon in camp

The Milford Track, from the head of Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound, was New Zealand’s first recreational walking track. It was developed after Quintin McKinnon’s discovery in 1888 of the pass to which he gave his name. In that year he was photographed (standing) at his camp, with a kakapō (native parrot) sitting on a ridgepole.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Photograph by Muir & Moodie

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Jock Phillips, 'Walking tracks - Walking for recreation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Apr 2016