John Rochfort was a New Zealand surveyor and engineer
Rochfort was born in London, England, in 1832.
He made inland explorations and carried out surveys for the Nelson Provincial Council. Her sister Eleanor was married to the explorer and engineer Arthur Dudley Dobson, who thus became his brother-in-law. Dobson"s sister, Mary Dobson, had earlier married the explorer and geologist Julius von Haast.
Rochfort laid out the town of Greymouth.
He surveyed the alignment for the North Island Main Trunk through the country"s unknown interior. Haast named Mount Rochfort, a 1,040 metres (3,410 ft) high peak near Westport, after Rochfort.
Aged 60, Rochfort died in 1893 in Kihikihi from a heart disease.