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  • Farewell Spit, New Zealand : Farewell Spit, Golden Bay, New Zealand

    …to the seabird and wildlife reserves, but offer the opportunity to jump off a sand dune, visit the lighthouse and the gannet colony. Abel Tasman in 1642 was the first European to see the spit, calling it Sand Duining Hoeck. Its Māori name, Onetahuai, translates as ‘heaped up sand’…

  • Abel Tasman National Park History & Historical Places, New Zealand

    …pits, terraces, defended sites (pa), gardens and stone working floors, each item telling its own fascinating story of the indigenous peoples. In 1642, Abel Tasman of the Dutch East India Company, anchored off shore from the Abel Tasman coast. After an unpleasant incident with the locals in which…

  • Taranaki New Zealand Regional Information & Travel Information

    …over 50 rivers and streams, the home of many botanically unique plants, and the subject of many stories and legends. On sighting the mountain in 1642, explorer Abel Tasman said it was "the noblest hill I've ever seen". In the Māori language, Taranaki means 'Gliding Peak', a name that…

  • New Zealand Colonisation, Colonisation in New Zealand

    …'Great South Land' that was believed to be rich in minerals. In 1642, while searching for this continent, Tasman sighted a 'large high-lying land' off the West Coast of the South Island. First Contact First to discover New Zealand in 1642, Abel Tasman annexed the country for Holland under the name…

  • New Zealand History Information & Historical Places

    …named Abel Tasman. He was on an expedition to discover a great Southern continent, 'Great South Land', that was believed to be rich in minerals. In 1642, while searching for this continent, Tasman sighted a 'large high-lying land' off the West Coast of the South Island. In 1769 Captain James Cook…

  • Kerikeri History New Zealand

    …Northland (info@northlandnz.com) Kerikeri was originally settled by Polynesian immigrants, who came to New Zealand on several large canoes. In 1642, Dutchman Abel Tasman charted part of the coastline and named it Staten land, believing it was part of the Australian continent. Once his mistake…

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