When did the first Europeans come to new zealand?
The first Europeans (and from the US and Australia as well) arrived soon after James Cook had publicized the existence of the seals on the coast of New Zealand.
These were soon followed by the Whalers, who need a more capital-intensive industry.
No records exist regarding when Australia was first "discovered" by its indigenous people, whilst records concerning the Polynesians and Maori of New Zealand are not necessarily based on fact. It is likely, however, that Aborigines were in Australia long before any races were on New Zealand. Regarding discovery by Europeans explorers, to our knowledge, the Australian continent was discovered by Europeans, specifically Portuguese explorers, before New Zealand.
Captain Cook did not settle in New Zealand. He made three voyages to the Pacific and visited New Zealand on four separate occasions. He led the first British expedition to discover New Zealand and the first to set foot on new Zealand. Abel Tasman was the first European to sight New Zealand but did not land there. Captain James Cook was the first to circumnavigate and map New Zealand.
If 'they' is meaning the Maori Warriors and Iwi who were originally living in New Zealand, they travelled to New Zealand by waka, which is a canoe type boat. If the question refers to how European settlement of New Zealand occurred: Abel Tasman was a Dutch explorer and trader who first "discovered" New Zealand. However, New Zealand was not occupied by Europeans until several decades after James Cook circumnavigated the islands, and claimed New Zealand…
Australia was discovered by humans long before New Zealand. Australia has evidence of human habitation 50 000 years ago, while the earliest evidence in New Zealand is from 700 years ago. New Zealand is one of the last land masses to be inhabited by humans, which is why the New Zealand native ecology is so sensitive to the impact of humans - it has had very little time to adjust. Australia was also the first…