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Stewart Island Place Names …… 

Halfmoon Bay

Kairaku …..   “A Party of Warriors” the point now known as Ackers Point


Takiraku …..   “A Crying, or perhaps singing Trees” where the village of Oban now stands.


Rakiura  …… “Land of Glowing Skies … refers to the embarrassment of a Maori chief when rejected by a wahine

Horseshoe Bay …… A descriptive name

Halfmoon bay ….. Misnamed by the HMS Acheron survey cartographer … see Horseshoe Bay

It should be noted the the township is named Oban, NOT Halfmoon Bay

Halfmoon Bay, Stewart island, sails Ashore


Halfmoon bay, Stewart Island


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