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 and 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.
When Captain James Cook discovered what was thought to be the great southern continent in 1769, he had in fact found the last frontier. The last place for man to try again. The lost islands that were the remaining landmass of Gondwanaland were now very real. The world maps now had to be redrawn and with that the world became a very different place.
There's something to be said about a place that keeps being rediscovered...