Story: Conservation – a history

Scenic reserves (1st of 3)

Scenic reserves

Conservationist Harry Ell had a vision of a network of scenic reserves around the Port Hills, near Christchurch, to be connected by a road with regularly spaced resthouses.

This shelter, the Sign of the Kiwi, is at the junction of the Summit Road and the road to Governors Bay. Designed by Samuel Hurst Seagar in the arts-and-crafts style, it was built between 1914 and 1917. It was used as a tearoom until the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, which caused considerable damage. Repairs are expected to be completed for a re-opening in 2015.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, F. G. Radcliffe Collection (PAColl-4950)
Reference: 1/2-006514; G
Photograph by Frederick George Radcliffe

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Voices in the wilderness, 1769–1907', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13906/scenic-reserves (accessed 26 May 2020)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 3 Aug 2015