Story: European discovery of New Zealand

Golden Bay

Golden Bay

Tasman named Moordenaers Baij (Murderers Bay) after an incident of bloodshed there. The name was later changed to Golden Bay, associating the place with the discovery of gold in 1857 rather than its bloody past. A memorial to Abel Tasman stands on a headland not far from the anchorage where Europeans and Māori first met.

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Abel Tasman', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 July 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016