A country’s maritime is critical in it’s success. The water that surrounds an island can determine whether it is a fit location for commerce, business or trade. Aside from that a maritime can also serve as a defense or offense of a country when the time of war comes. But not only that, the sea also serves as a source of income, food and so much more. That is the reason why it is very important to handle the waters well.
In New Zealand, maritime plays an important part of the country’s history. New Zealand is composed of two islands, the north and the south and they are divided by a small body of water. It is surrounded by water, thus the first settler of the land came in to the country using some sort of a canoe or boat in order to travel from one point to another.
The Polynesians called Maori are the first settlers of the island. They came in riding the canoe. After several years, European explorers built a settlement in the country and used steamed ships to bring in supplies, travellers, food and other trade materials.
This only goes to show how critical sea water navigation is to New Zealand. Travelling from one town to another used to take an overnight boat ride before. The use of water vehicle has been present in the history of the country. The Maori’s travel expeditions are seen in the marks and illustration of artifacts.
Aside from that, the country has accumulated 1500 ship wrecks within their area from 1840 to 1940 and all these wrecks have been compiled in to a single book. There are also several lighthouses which are used by boatman to safely navigate their boats.
Even though these have been passed down to history, many of these heritages are still intact and kept well by historians. A great example of this is the lighthouse found in Cape Brett. Building a lighthouse is costly and expensive during the old times, but for safety, many areas felt the need to built one. The lighthouse found in Cape Brett remains intact up to this date.
Not only that, there are many maritime heritage sites being managed by the Department of Conservation that are open to the public. There are several heritage sites found in Subantartic Islands such as the Castaway Finger Posts, the Derry Castle Grave site or the Grafton Wreck. If you are coming from Auckland then you can pass by the Pokohinu/Buress Island Lighhouse or the Rangitoto Ships’ graveyard.
But if you want more, you can always visit the New Zealand Maritime Museum found in Hobson Wharf Auckalnd.This the the premier maritime museum oif the country and it is adjacent to the Viaduct Harbour.
In the said museum you will find historical artifacts staring from the Polynesians travellers up to the recent warships and competition winners. So come and enjoy the diverse historical beauty of New Zealand. Make sure that you enjoy both the land and sea tours of the country.