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Tasman and Cook place names

Place names commemorating Abel Tasman and James Cook are found today in many parts of New Zealand. Tasman names are clustered in Nelson and the highest part of the Southern Alps. Tasman Bay was named by Dumont d’Urville in 1827 and Mount Tasman was named by Julius von Haast in 1862. Cook names are found throughout New Zealand, from north to south.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Place names - Early explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 24 Nov 2008