The Scandinavian Trail website is jointly supported by the heritage group Friends of Mauriceville Inc and by New Pacific Studio Inc.

Friends of Mauriceville Inc -
The Scandinavian Connection Formed in 2008 to preserve
and promote the historical
Scandinavian cultural
heritage of Mauriceville

and its associated districts,
by working together with pride
and in a spirit of co-operation.


Click here to see a larger version of this map, showing the routes taken by settlers.
Click the map above to see a larger version of this map, showing the routes taken by settlers,

 

 

 

 

Looking east from the Manawatu Gorge Track, originally cut by Scandinavian settlers
Looking east from the Manawatu Gorge Track, originally cut by Scandinavian settlers.

Friends of Mauriceville Inc was set up as a charitable incorporated society in 2009. We are registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission as# CC38983.
 

We are aiming to:
  • Promote awareness of the area's significant cultural history
  • Preserve and maintain historical buildings and cemeteries
  • Improve road signage for this part of the Scandinavian trail – Wellington to Napier
  • Erect signage at cemeteries, listing and mapping burials
  • Research history pertaining to the area,
  • Publish and sell booklets
  • Liase with interested parties (Community Organisations, District Councils, D.O.C., Historic Places Trust, Scandinavian Clubs and Church Trustees)
  • Apply for grants and funding for projects
  • Have community working bees as needed
  • Communicate with members with a quarterly newsletter
  • To be open to new ideas for future development.


Napier Harbour, New Zealand, looking towards Ahuriri, 1881

Working with a steam-powered hauler and draught horse at McLeod and Wyeth’s mill, Upper Opaki/Mount Bruce, c.1895.

Please see our website, www.newpacificstudio.org.nz.

New Pacific Studio logo

New Pacific Studio Inc was set up as a charitable incorporated society in 2001. We are registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission as CC22090.

We offer artist/writer residencies at Mount Bruce and in Vallejo, California. Our public programmes seek to foster the spirit of adventure in everyone. 

Friends of Mauriceville and New Pacific Studio welcome collaboration with Scandinavian residency programmes and encourage funded fellowships in memory of family members.

New Pacific Studio Mount Bruce is located just 2km north of Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre, 20 minutes north of Masterton, on the southern edge of the former 70 Mile Bush ( known to  Rangitane  people as Te Tapere Nui a Whatonga (The Great Forest of Whatonga.)  

Exterior view of New Pacific Studio
Exterior view of New Pacific Studio