Story: Canoe traditions

Southern lakes

Southern lakes

As he journeyed down the South Island, the legendary explorer Rākaihautū created the major southern lakes with his kō (digging stick). Shown here is Lake Hāwea, with Lake Wānaka above.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe traditions - Canoes of the South Island', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005