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FIRST — Europeans to cross the Crown Range Summit — New Zealand
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dunbar Loop
S 44° 59.539 E 168° 56.322
59G E 337516 N 5015836
Quick Description: W.G. Rees, the founder of Queenstown, and P. Von Tunzelman were the first Europeans to cross the Crown Range Summit.
Location: South Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 3:53:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM830Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Zork V
Views: 5

Long Description:
This pass, the Crown Range Summit, at 1076 metres above sea level, is the highest sealed road in New Zealand.

In February 1860, W.G. Rees and P. Von Tunzelman were the first Europeans to cross the pass, searching for sheep pasture and burning the speargrass and matagouri on route.

In 1861, Alfred Duncan drove the first sheep to the Rees Run at Wakatipu. After crossing the Clutha River at Albert Town, they moved up the Cardona Valley and over this pass, where they saw “the promised land of Rees”.

Early in 1863 hundreds of gold seekers used this route to the Arrow and Skipper Diggings.

In 1877 the first tourist trips using horse drawn coaches drove over the pass.

In the year 2000, the road was finally sealed. It is now a major tourist route, bringing the communities and skifields of Queenstown and Wanaka closer together.

The Queenstown and Districts Historical Society and Upper Clutha Historical Records Society Project.

FIRST - Classification Variable: Person or Group

Date of FIRST: 1/1/1860

More Information - Web URL: Not listed

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