Stories of New Zealand’s earliest human history, on a guided walking tour.
View of the home of New Zealand civilization, the Wairau Bar.
Jim Eyles as a lad of 12 uncovered something large and very unusual in the sand near his home. He lived at a remote part of New Zealand called the Wairau Bar in Eastern Marlborough and what he found would but the area on the map historically. He thought he had found a gourd, early Polynesian settlers used the dried fruit of the gourd plant as water vessels but Jim’s mother confirmed that it was a moa egg. Moa are a large ostrich like bird which became extinct in New Zealand at around 1400AD. An intact moa egg was a rare and valuable find but more importantly it led over time to the discovery of possibly New Zealand’s earliest village, the home of the moa hunter.
You can listen to this story and many more on a three hour guided tour of the Wairau Lagoon.