Kupe and Cook in the Marlborough Sounds - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Marlborough Sounds

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to the Marlborough Sounds in the Video tab.

In Māori tradition, the drowned river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds were explored by the legendary Polynesian navigator Kupe in his pursuit of a giant octopus. Many place names in the area relate to Kupe. British navigator James Cook also explored the Sounds, resting and reprovisioning his crew at Ship Cove. Whaling stations were later established.

Related web links:
Kupe’s places around the Marlborough Sounds
Cook’s three voyages
Cook monument, Ship Cove
Marlborough region
Marlborough places
Elizabeth Guard

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number TCDR1071).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/