Story: Waikato region

Waikare Estate map

Allotments for sale are shown on this colourful 1883 map of the Waikare Estate near Rangiriri. Transport links including the railway and river steamers are depicted for the information of buyers. Large estates were established in Waikato after many military settlers walked off or sold their swampy, inaccessible land. However, developing the estates was costly, and by the 1890s most had failed financially.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: NZ Map 4246a (left); NZ Map 4246b (right)

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - European settlement and population', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015