How old was Abel Tasman when he saw New Zealand?
New Zealand discovered. On 13 December 1642 the Dutch sighted 'a large land, uplifted high' – probably the Southern Alps. After sighting land, Tasman's ships veered south, then turned north to pass Cape Foulwind and Cape Farewell.
On 24 November 1642 Abel Tasman reached and sighted the west coast of Tasmania, north of Macquarie Harbour. He named his discovery Van Diemen's Land after Antonio van Diemen, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies.
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Abel Tasman's ships. This engraving is based on drawings made during the voyage of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman to New Zealand in 1642. It shows the ships Zeehaen and Heemskerck close to the Three Kings Islands.
- Abel Tasman's ships. This engraving is based on drawings made during the voyage of Dutch explorer Abel Tasman to New Zealand in 1642. It shows the ships Zeehaen and Heemskerck close to the Three Kings Islands.
- The history of New Zealand dates back at least 700 years to when it was discovered and settled by Polynesians, who developed a distinct Māori culture centred on kinship links and land. The first European explorer to sight New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman on 13 December 1642.
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Updated: 17th October 2019