Story: Walking tracks

Māori tracks in the South Island

Māori tracks in the South Island

Many of these tracks were used by groups travelling from the east coast or the North Island to collect pounamu (greenstone) on the West Coast. They normally moved along one of the rivers that drained the Southern Alps, and then crossed a pass to another valley. Some routes down the coasts were also used for carrying trade items, especially foods that were exchanged with South Island tribes.

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Source: Barry Brailsford, Greenstone trails: the Maori and pounamu. 2nd ed. Hamilton: Stoneprint, 1996

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Jock Phillips, 'Walking tracks - Māori highways', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/12797/maori-tracks-in-the-south-island (accessed 6 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Apr 2016