Story: Conservation – a history

Fern Arch (2nd of 3)

Fern Arch

When Premier Richard Seddon introduced the Scenery Preservation Bill in 1903, he spoke nostalgically about his first impression of the Buller Gorge. Fern Arch is a natural tunnel in the lower part of the gorge. The road has since been widened, and the top of the arch removed by what engineers euphemistically call ‘daylighting’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, F. G. Radcliffe Collection (PAColl-4950)
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Photograph by Frederick Llewellyn Price

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Voices in the wilderness, 1769–1907', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015