New Zealand facts & history in brief
New Zealand Map
is the main and very scenic thoroughfare between
Nelson or Blenheim and Westport cities.
The pass goes beside the Buller river in a gorge
of the Southern Alps.
The road passes Murchinson and the Inangahua Junction,
both memorable in New Zealand history for devastating
Murchison is a small settlement near the junction
of the Matakitaki and Buller Rivers.
Used to be called Hampden, but
was renamed Murchison for the
nearby Mount Murchison (1470 m).
Mount Murchison was named after Scottish geologist,
Sir Roderick Murchison, who founded
the Royal Geographical Society.
The centre of an earthquake on 17 June 1929
was near Murchison and was felt practically
all over New Zealand.
The earthquake devastated Murchison and
killed about seventeen people in the
Inangahua Junction is another small
settlement in the Buller Gorge region,
near where the Inangahua River
joins the Buller River about 45 km
The township is famous for its whitebait,
and bears the Maori name inanga for whitebait.
The earthquake, centred near Inangahua,
was was felt nation wide in May 1968
caused a lot of damage throughout the county,
shifted large areas of the ground surface
and killed three people.
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