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Travels in New Zealand

Travels in New Zealand
With Contributions to the Geography, Geology, Botany, and Natural History of that Country
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108062190

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  • As a surgeon and naturalist for the New Zealand Company, Ernst Dieffenbach (1811–55) travelled widely in the North Island between 1839 and 1841. He was the first European to successfully scale Mount Egmont (or Taranaki), and he also visited the natural wonders of the Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana, which were later destroyed in a volcanic eruption. First published in 1843, this two-volume work describes the landscapes, flora and fauna in a highly readable style. In addition to exploring natural history, the work also gives an insight into the lives of the native islanders. In Volume 1, Dieffenbach recounts his sea journeys through Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, along with his excursions deep into the North Island. Volume 2 focuses on the Maori inhabitants of the island, covering such customs as their hunting techniques, burial practices and the tradition of facial tattooing.

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108062190
    • length: 858 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.09kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I. Cook's Straits:
    1. General remarks
    2. Cook's Straits
    3. Port Nicholson
    4. Kapiti
    5. Return to Queen Charlotte's Sound
    6. Northern shore of Cook's straits
    7. Taranaki
    8. District from Taranaki to Mokau
    9. The climate
    10. General considerations on Cook's Straits
    11. The natives inhabiting the shores of Cook's straits
    Part II. Northern Island - Northern Districts:
    12. Reinga
    13. Harbour of Houhoura
    14. Harbour of Mango-nui
    15. Harbour of Wangaroa
    16. Wangape and Hokianga
    17. Waimate, Lake Maupere, and thermal springs
    18. Bay of Islands
    19. Wairoa, Kaipara
    20. Gulf of Hauraki
    21. Habour of Manukao
    22. River Waikato
    23. River Waipa
    24. Lake Taupo and Tongariro
    25. Rotu-kaua
    26. Rotu-Kareka
    27. Journey to Tauranga
    28. Journey into the valley of the Waiho
    29. Some remarks on the botany of New Zealand. Volume 2: Part I:
    1. The natives of New Zealand
    2. Diseases in the natives
    3. Native customs regarding children
    4. The food of the natives
    5. Native villages and houses
    6. Origins of the New Zealanders
    7. The character and intellectual faculties of the natives
    8. Native modes of reckoning times and seasons
    9. How to legislate for the natives of New Zealand
    10. Fauna of New Zealand
    Part II. On the Languages of New Zealand:
    1. Introductory remarks
    2. Specimens of the New Zealand language
    Part III:
    1. Grammar
    2. Dictionary.

  • Author

    Ernst Dieffenbach

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