Story: Walking tracks

Charles Heaphy on Māori ladder

During their 1846 journey down the West Coast from Golden Bay to Taramakau, Charles Heaphy, Thomas Brunner, their Māori guide Kehu and Rover the dog climbed the Te Miko cliffs using an old Māori ladder consisting of pieces of rātā lashed together with flax. This clip from the Explorers television series describes the incident.

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Jock Phillips, 'Walking tracks - Māori highways', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/12795/charles-heaphy-on-maori-ladder (accessed 26 May 2020)

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