Story: Ferries

Buller River punt (1st of 2)

Buller River punt

A horse-drawn coach and two travellers on horseback are ferried across the Buller River on a punt in the 1880s. Punts – rafts pulled back and forth across rivers by cables – were commonplace in 19th-century New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tyree Studio Collection (PAColl-3064)
Reference: 10x8-0619-G

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How to cite this page:

Gavin McLean, 'Ferries - Harbour, river and lake ferries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 11 Mar 2010