|Drawing by Rob|
Rob's article sets out the human history, stemming from the original Maori arrival in about 1500AD, but followed up by a subsequent invasion by two displaced Maori tribes from Taranaki who invaded the islands in 1835, enslaving the original inhabitants. Meanwhile, there were some sealers and whalers and full control by New Zealand occurred in about 1860.
The flora and fauna has has evolved from drifted, flew, blow or swam there from neighbouring land masses. Needless to say, the coastline sounds pretty impressive.
Interesting to read about, and no doubt very scenic in their own way, but I have no intention of following in his footsteps!