The King Country, or, Explorations in New Zealand

The King Country, or, Explorations in New Zealand : A Narrative of 600 miles of Travel through Maoriland

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Originally published in 1884, this work by the relatively unknown 'gentleman explorer' James Henry Kerry-Nicholls (d. 1888) focuses on nineteenth-century New Zealand. It recounts the journey into what he describes as terra incognita, the area known as the King Country, almost exclusively Maori and little explored by Europeans due to political difficulties and Maori hostility. Travelling with only three horses and what he could carry on them, and accompanied by an interpreter, he endeavoured to cover and accurately record details of an area totalling 10,000 square miles; owing to good contacts, he was even able to meet Maori King Tawhiao. Writing in what now seems an imperialist style, he recounts a history of Maori-European relations, notes potential sites for European settlement, includes geographical surveys and descriptions of the landscapes, and supplies a map which gives the 'most complete chart of the interior of the North Island as yet published'.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 45 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139109111
  • 9781139109116

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; The Frontier of the King Country: 1. The King's camp; 2. The Korero; 3. Ascent of Pirongia; The Lake Country: 4. Auckland to Ohinemutu; 5. Hot-spring life; 6. Tradition, idolatry, and romance; 7. En route to the terraces; 8. The terraces; 9. Ohinemutu to Wairakei; 10. Wairakei; Exploration of the King Country: 11. The start; 12. The region of Lake Taupo; 13. Eastern shore of Lake Taupo; 14. Tokanu; 15. The Rangipo Table Land; 16. Ascent of Tongariro; 17. Ascent of Ruapehu, first day; 18. Ruapehu, second day. Ascent of the Great Peak; 19. The Kaimanawa Mountains; 20. Second ascent of Ruapehu. Sources of the Whagaehu and Waikato rivers; 21. Karioi; 22. Forest country; 23. Ruakara; 24. Ngatokorua Pa; 25. Hot springs of Tongariro; 26. Western Taupo; 27. The Northern Table-land; 28. The Aukati Line; Appendix; Index.
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