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Lauper Stream, Rakaia Valley

Lauper Stream, Rakaia Valley

One of the earliest associations between Swiss people and the New Zealand mountains was when Jakob Lauper accompanied John Henry Whitcombe on the first crossing of the Whitcombe Pass. On their 1863 journey, the pair ascended a stream from the Rakaia River to the summit of the pass. The stream bears Lauper’s name, which until 2002 was misspelt as ‘Louper’.

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Helen Baumer, 'Swiss - Swiss settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 July 2020)

Story by Helen Baumer, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015