The whale road: Transitioning from spiritual links, to whaling, to whale watching in Aotearoa New Zealand

A. Asbjørn Jøn


The paper treats of the central place of the whale in New Zealand culture and history, from the lore which the Maori brought to New Zealand from Hawaiki. Further, whaling was an early bond between the South Island of New Zealand, and Sydney. History, Art, and deep-seated belief are all key components of the 'Whale Road'.


Whales; Whaling; New Zealand; Otago; Southland; Kaikoura;

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