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Purau is a small settlement in Canterbury, New Zealand, facing Lyttelton Harbour.


Panorama of Purau Bay

Purau is located on Banks Peninsula, one of the southern bays forming Lyttelton Harbour.


Purau has a long history of Māori settlement. Ngāti Māmoe lived here prior to Ngāi Tahu settling the bay. There are many Māori burial sites in the area.[1]

European occupation started in 1843, when the Greenwood brothers started a farm here. They sold to the Rhodes brothers in 1847 (William Barnard and George, with the latter taking over management of the station).[2][3] When Robert Heaton Rhodes, another of the Rhodes brothers, came to New Zealand in 1850, he took over Purau.[4]


  1. ^ "Purau". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  2. ^ McLintock, A. H. (originally published in 1966, updated 15 November 2011). "Rhodes Brothers". An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 24 June 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Leopold George Dyke Acland (1946). "Land Tax And Advances To Settlers' Department". The Early Canterbury Runs: Containing the First, Second and Third (new) Series. Christchurch: Whitcombe and Tombs Limited. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  4. ^ Pinney, Robert. "George Rhodes". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

Coordinates: 43°38′30.44″S 172°45′8.23″E / 43.6417889°S 172.7522861°E / -43.6417889; 172.7522861