Abel Tasman’s 1642/43 voyage of discovery brought new knowledge to the world. The first charts, images, and descriptions of Maori (in Golden Bay/Mohua) informed others of the existence of New Zealand and its people. The displays at Golden Bay Museum Te Waka Huia o Mohua are the only permanent displays in New Zealand of the earliest recorded milestone in our national history, and the first meeting between Maori and people of another race.

Here are links to some other Tasman-related sites:

Abel Tasman Museum, Lutjegast (formerly the Abel Tasman Kabinet)

Scroll down to the bottom and you will find a 2002 English translation (by New Zealander Brian Hooker) of Tasman’s journal.

Tasman’s Journal at the Nationaal Archief, The Hague, Netherlands (“State Archives copy”, known as “SAC”):

Blok Fragment at the Nationaal Archief, The Hague, Netherlands

Tasman’s Journal & Map at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney (“Huijdecoper journal”)

Tasman’s Journal and 1776 translation at the British Library, London (the third manuscript version, “Banks copy”, and translation by Charles Woide)

Witsen’s chapter from Noord en Oost Tartarye, 1705 ,containing illustrations of Golden Bay, Tonga and New Guinea

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

The (Stories of the Top of the South)


Dave Horry’s ‘Six Boats’ site

The discovery of New Zealand by Abel Tasman, and by the Polynesians before him

Robert Jenkin’s site

This includes some of the Tasman Interactive made for Golden Bay Museum in 2012, including Discovery Game, in which you can try steering yourself digitally in Tasman’s wake to Murderer’s Bay and beyond, click here to try it out.