The missionary Samuel Marsden was the first significant known European explorer. He lived in Sydney, and made his most important discoveries during his third visit to New Zealand, in 1820. This map shows the routes he followed between the Bay of Islands and Auckland, and south to Tauranga.
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Source: John Rawson Elder, ed., The letters and journals of Samuel Marsden, 1765–1838 . Dunedin: Coulls, Somerville Wilkie and A. H. Reed for the Otago University Council, 1932, facing p. 80