Story: Walking tracks

Māori track

Māori track

This 1848 drawing by William Swainson, with a Māori figure standing and two sitting, shows a track leading around the west coast of Wellington Harbour. Thousands of Māori walking tracks were still being used at the time. After the 1855 earthquake raised the western edge of Wellington Harbour, this traditional route, like many others, was transformed into a major road.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-187-030
Pencil work by William Swainson

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Jock Phillips, 'Walking tracks - Māori highways', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 October 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 14 Apr 2016