Story: European discovery of New Zealand

Tasman Glacier

Tasman Glacier

The names of Abel Tasman and James Cook have been conferred on the country’s two highest mountains. The highest, Aoraki/Mt Cook, was named from the sea by Captain John Lort Stokes of the Acheron in 1851, while that vessel was engaged on the country’s first systematic hydrographical survey. In 1862 a Canterbury explorer, Julius von Haast, named the second highest peak and the country’s largest glacier after Tasman. In that same year, Haast sketched this view looking up the Tasman Glacier, with Aoraki/Mt Cook to the left.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-097-061-1
Pencil and watercolour sketch by Johann Franz Julius von Haast

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Last discoveries', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2016)

Full story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 11 May 2016