Brunner on the Buller - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Buller Gorge.

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

In late 1846, with his Māori guides Kehu and Pikewate, surveyor Thomas Brunner set off on an epic journey down the Buller River and to the West Coast. The group battled hunger, illness, injury and terrible weather, and it was 18 months before Brunner encountered another European.

Thomas Brunner, Nelson and the West Coast
Brunner’s West Coast journeys, 1846–48
Thomas Brunner
Buller valley

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 sa-d-02422-su01-s02-pm).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit