Story: European exploration

Te Huruhuru’s map

In the early 1840s, Europeans did not travel far inland from the east coast of the South Island. However, in 1844 Edward Shortland met the chief Te Huruhuru when crossing the Waitaki River. Te Huruhuru provided this map of the inland lakes, so Europeans knew of them before they reached the area. It shows Lake Wānaka (top) and Lake Wakatipu (bottom), with the Clutha and Kawarau rivers flowing out of each respectively. The note ‘2 days to Awarua on the West Coast’ (top left) was perhaps optimistic about the time it would take to cross Haast Pass to Awarua on foot.

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Reference: Edward Shortland, The southern districts of New Zealand. London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1851, facing p. 205

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Jock Phillips, 'European exploration - Otago and Southland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007