Scots were among the earliest Europeans to visit and then settle in New Zealand as sealers and whalers. The whaling station at Kaikōura was established in 1842 by Alexander Fyffe, who first visited New Zealand waters in 1836. Fyffe House, built by his cousin George Fyffe in the 1850s, rests on foundations made of whale vertebrae.
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