Kōrero: 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 from the North Island, to collect pounamu (greenstone) on the West Coast. They normally ascended 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/mi/map/12797/maori-tracks-in-the-south-island (accessed 13 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007, updated 14 Apr 2016