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, the Māori guide Kehu and Rover the dog climbed up an old Māori ladder at the Te Miko cliffs. The ladder consisted 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, (accessed 16 October 2019)

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