Such is Ernest Dieffenbach’s description of his first glance of the White Terraces in Lake Rotomahana, see cover image.
Johann Karl Ernst Dieffenbach (aka Ernest) traveled to New Zealand between 1839 and 1841 employed by the New Zealand Company as naturalist. He traveled in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island and extensively throughout the North Island at an early time in European settlement. In Volume I of “Travels in New Zealand” he describes his travels, integrating his observations of the natural world with the progress of colonisation, and a humane account of the Māori people that he met and their culture, settlements and inter-tribal politics. He made an important contribution to the early knowledge of the New Zealand flora and fauna, with his collections eventually being lodged in the British Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Note: Māori words have been pronounced as spelled in the text, which is occasionally different to modern spelling and pronunciation.
(summary by Gail Timmerman-Vaughan)
audiobooks.club Nature Ernst Dieffenbach Travels in New Zealand with contributions to the geography, geology, botany, and natural history of that country, Vol. I
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