Stewart Island Place Names ……
Te Wharawhara ….. “The Astelia Plant” site of an early Maori “Kaika” or fishing village, and later a Maori “Quarantine” Island, where people suffering from European diseases were sent to either recover or die. The Astelia was used to bind the body for burial
Native Island ……. A reference to earlier Maori settlement ??
Rabbit Island….. a local name. There were once rabbits here, but Frank Woodrow, an early Ranger managed to exterminate them all