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A Brief History of Queenstown

1200AD (or thereabouts) – Polynesians were the first to explore and hunt in the area. Later, Maoris set up camp at the head of the lake, near modern day Glenorchy where they found beautiful pounamu (greenstone). They named Queenstown Tāhuna, meaning shallow bay. 1860 – William Gilbert Rees and fellow explorer, Nicholas Paul Baltasar von[...]