The first European explorer to discover New Zealand was Abel Tasman in 1642. From the late 18th century, New Zealand was regularly visited by other explorers, sailors, missionaries, traders and adventurers.
Europeans first laid eyes on Aotearoa (New Zealand) on 13 December 1642, when the great Dutch explorer Abel Tasman caught sight of the west coast of the South Island. The next Europeans to visit Aotearoa came under the stewardship of the famous English mariner, Captain James Cook, who visited the South Pacific in 1769.
The Treaty of Waitangi marks an important piece of history and a time of an influx of Europeans to Auckland. It was not until after the Treaty of Waitangi was signed with Maori in 1840 that significant numbers of Europeans arrived in what is now modern day Auckland.Enquire