NEW ZEALAND - Aotearoa "The Land Of The Long White Cloud" is a land that was created by volcanoes and then calmed by glaciers. In the beginning it was a land of birds, there was no man, no deer, no pigs, just birds (and a couple bats). Birds that couldn’t fly, small birds, gigantic birds such as the Moa & Haast’s Eagle and some birds whose ‘song’ can haunt you (in a good way) forever. What a sight (and sound) it must’ve been for the first people to arrive on these glorious shores!
If legend is to be believed, Kupe sailed home after his discovery of the islands that we now know as New Zealand in about 925 AD and it took his descendants another 200 years to come back.
In 1642 Abel Tasman discovered a "large land uplifted high.” However, he never set foot on land. Losing four men off the coast in a clash with Maori during an effort to get to shore was enough to send him home. In 1769, Captain James Cook turned up and 'discovered' what was thought to be the great southern continent.
We like to think of it as saving the best till last.