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Abel Janszoon Tasman of The Netherlands was the first European to sight New Zealand, doing so in 1642, but he did explore the islands. At the time he believed it to be part of the same continent to which Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) belonged.

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Abel Janszoon Tasman, On 13 December 1642. he and his two ships sailed into a small town now named golden bay. the Maori come out and there was a war between the two. and the town was named murders bay. and no living European steped foot on the counrty in this voyage. it wasn't until 1769 when James cook was to discover new Zealand.

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In December 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted a new land which he described as mountainous and covered in cloud in the south, but more barren in the north. He had discovered New Zealand. The islands were named after the Dutch province of Zeeland. However, New Zealand remained largely unknown until Captain James Cook sailed past in 1769 and explored the island, charting the coastline extensively. Following Cook's detailed report, the usual run of Whalers, missionaries, and traders followed.

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A Dutchman from Holland named Abel Tasman was the first European to sight the coast of New Zealand...

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The first recorded European explorer to discover New Zealand was Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.

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The first European to sight New Zealand, in 1642, was the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman.

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I am pretty certain it was James Cook.

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James Cook.

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