Exploring Te Tai Tapu

Trip Start Aug 12, 2007
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Trip End Jul 31, 2008


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Friday, November 30, 2007

I've decided to spend a couple of extra days in the this part of the South Island as it is sooooo beautiful.

The "Kerri pass" was a 2 day tour which would take me sailing up the coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park and round Separation Point to Golden Bay.  This part of coastline is called Te Tai Tapu.

The first documented European visitors to Te Tai Tapu were Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, and the men of his vessels in 1642. They were attacked by local Maori, Ngati Tumatakokiri, in their canoes and Tasman lost four men clashing with them in Mohua (Golden Bay). Tasman, unusually forbearing, left without setting foot on the shore.
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