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Abel Tasman memorial, Golden Bay


Abel Tasman was a Dutch navigator who in 1642 made the first recorded European sighting of New Zealand. 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 tercentenary of Tasman’s visit, the memorial was ‘reopened’ in 1992 by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

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Margaret Marks, 2006

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