European Landfalls

European Landfalls Gallery

The journeys undertaken by early European explorers were truly remarkable and form an important part of New Zealand's maritime history. The gallery now tells the stories of Dutch, English, French and Spanish explorers as they set sail to the far side of the world, searching for the fabled 'Great Southern Land'. The achievements of each nation are highlighted as they ventured through the South Pacific, and visitors will be able to compare the varying conditions the sailors from each nation endured when embarking on epic voyages that were years on the making.