The ancient kahikatea swamp forest at Ship Creek, South Westland, provides a glimpse back in time to what much of the West Coast may have looked like prior to human settlement. It is named ship creek because fragments of the wreck of the Schomberg in Melbourne have been found on the beach. The Schomberg was wrecked on December 26, 1855, near the end of its maiden voyage from Liverpool to Melbourne. Source; Department of Conservation. Web. (edited).
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Haast Pass Waterfalls, Haast Pass.
Charles Cameron, an explorer and gold prospector, is generally acknowledged as the first European to cross Haast Pass, in 1863. A short time later, Julius Haast, Canterbury’s Provincial Geologist, led a party of four over the pass and on to the West Coast where they ‘Stood in the surf giving three hearty cheers’. By 1876 there was a narrow pack track over Haast Pass. In the following decade a government grant paid for the first construction work to be carried out on what some hoped would be a railway as well as a road, as it was cleared to as much as 10 metres wide. Prospectors and early settlers at Haast were the first to use the route. Next were our earliest tourists—on horseback—then livestock being moved to and from Haast on the coast. Most of the work on the Haast Pass road was carried out in the Great Depression, when up to 400 men were employed. Source; Department of Conservation.
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