Abel Tasman National Park
The Coast Track
It was most likely off this beach on 18th December 1642 that the Ngati Tumatakokiri people first met Abel Tasman.
It is believed that Tasman may have unwittingly answered their war challenge by having one of his men "play them a little tune" in response to the sound of a Maori Putatara or shell trumpet.
Next day Ngati Tumatakokiri attacked, killing four of his crew. Tasman named this place "Murderers Bay".
These were productive fishing grounds for early Maori. Large sheds were used for drying fish. Some say Abel Tasman violated the tapu (sacredness) of the fishing grounds by anchoring here. The warriors' shouts didn't drive Tasman away so violence was seemingly inevitable.