Abel Tasman was the Dutch navigator whose expedition made the first European sighting of New Zealand in 1642. An easy five-minute walking track leads to a viewing platform and the memorial which stands on a limestone outcrop above the sea. Built in 1942 to commemorate the centenary of Tasman's visit, the memorial was 'reopened' in 1992 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.Information from the Department of Conservation website. Read more here.
Abel Tasman is officially recognised as the first European to ‘discover’ New Zealand in 1642. His men were the first Europeans to have a confirmed encounter with Maori. The misunderstanding and fear aroused by two such different worlds coming together soon led to violence.
For nearly 50 years Perrine Moncrieff was this country's foremost female conservationist. Born into an upper-class British family, she immigrated to New Zealand in 1921, settled in Nelson and bought land on the shores of Tasman Bay, which became a scenic reserve in the 1930s.