Story: Geological exploration

Hochstetter’s travels in the North Island (1st of 2)

The solid line shows the route taken by Ferdinand Hochstetter’s party in the central North Island, in 1858–59. The dotted lines in the upper part of the map show his earlier explorations of Auckland.

The 22-man party included Hochstetter, Haast, Charles Heaphy, Bruno Hamel (photographer), Augustus Koch (artist-curator) and 15 Māori porters. They partly retraced the route Dieffenbach had taken 18 years before, but Hochstetter concentrated on geology and produced the first geological map of the region.

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Reference: Les Kermode, 'Ferdinand Hochstetter in New Zealand.’ Geological Society of New Zealand Historical Studies Group Newsletter, no. 5 (September 1992): 11-26

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Simon Nathan, 'Geological exploration - The search for gold and minerals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006