May 1997
This geographic history provides an overview of important sites, events, and themes of the park and establishes a context for the Department to manage its historic heritage.

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Abel Tasman area history (PDF, 2,127K)


This history begins with descriptions of early Maori settlements, it moves through European discoverers, including Abel Tasman and Dumont D’Urville, and consequential European settlements.

Farming and other activities are well described, followed by discussion of early lobbying for a National Park, beginning in the 1920s through to its creation in 1942.

The publication has an extensive bibliography.

Publication information

This document was prepared by Dawn Smith with contributions from other staff within the Nelson/Marlborough Conservancy. Charmayne Devine and Fiona Shaw typed successive drafts, and Garry Holz produced the maps. An earlier draft was made available to iwi and the Field Centre Managers at Motuekaand Takaka for comment. The valuable assistance of staff at Nelson Provincial Museum and the help and guidance of Steve Bagley are acknowledged.

Occasional Publication No. 33, May 1997, Department of Conservation

ISSN 0113-3853
ISBN 0-478-01905-X


Whakatū / Nelson Office
Phone:   03 546 3298
Address:   Monro State Building
186 Bridge Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042

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