Team Building Queenstown

The Wakatipu, along with other areas in inland Otago, was important to Southern Maori as a source of items such as eels, birds, Ti ( Cabbage Tree), mountain daisy leaves (used for cloaks) and taramea (Spaniard Grass) from which a fragrant oil was extracted.

Important settlement sites were at Tahuna (Queenstown), Oterotu (Frankton) and at Tititea (junction of Kawarau and Shotover Rivers). Other village and camping sites in the Wakatipu area have been found at Glenorchy, Bob's Cove, Kingston, Kawarau Gorge, Lake Hayes, Pigeon Island and Mavora Lakes.

The Wakatipu and Wanaka region was typical of the whole of the interior of Te Wai Pounamu. It had some permanent settlements, but was largely a seasonal resource base for highly mobile coastal communities.