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So why New Zealand and where is the old one? πŸ“œ A bit of a history. Whilst the well-known Captain Cook was the first European to land in New Zealand in the late 1700’s – it was actually the Dutch who rocked up a century or so earlier. Old Abel Tasman and the boys after figuring out where they actually ended up called this new land Nieuw Zealand. πŸ”– The word β€œZealand” translates as β€œsea-land” and it was a province in Netherlands. πŸ“When Captain Cook sailed on into town about a century later – also, amazingly, by getting completely lost and sailing into the area quite by accident – he renamed it the more English-friendly New Zealand. This is, obviously, how we all know it today.

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