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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Marlborough Sounds. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

In Māori tradition, the drowned river valleys of the Marlborough Sounds were explored by the legendary Polynesian navigator Kupe in his pursuit of a giant octopus. Many place names in the area relate to Kupe. British navigator James Cook also explored the Sounds, resting and reprovisioning his crew at Ship Cove. Whaling stations were later established.

Kupe,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/first-peoples-in-maori-tradition/6

Kupe's places around the Marlborough Sounds,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/first-peoples-in-maori-tradition/6/2/3

Cook's three voyages,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/european-discovery-of-new-zealand/5

Cook monument, Ship Cove,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/marlborough-places/3/5

Whaling,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/whaling

Marlborough region,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/marlborough-region

Marlborough places,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/marlborough-places

Elizabeth Guard,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1g23/

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, http://www.soundarchives.co.nz/. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number TCDR1071).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

Map showing Marlborough Sounds Legends - Roadside Stories