Later on, seven waka came out to the ships. The cock-boat of the Zeehaen, returning from a meeting on the Heemskerck, was rammed by a waka. The altercation that ensued resulted in the death of four of Tasman’s crew. In response, the crew weighed anchor and headed towards Cook Strait, naming the place ‘Murderers Bay’ after the incident. Tasman and his crew never actually set foot on NZ soil.
On the 29th of March 1770 Englishman Captain Cook sailed past the area without landing. He called the area Blind Bay. Then on the 14th of January 1827 Frenchman Jules Dumont D’Urville rounded, and named, Separation Point on his vessel Astrolabe. He sailed south and anchored in the sheltered waters of what we now call the Astrolabe Roadstead. The local Maori were amicable towards D’Urville and his crew so they stayed in huts on the beach and explored the area. He named many of the landmarks in the area: Watering Cove where they gathered fresh water, Observation Beach where they observed the transit of Venus across the sun, Adele Island after his wife, plus Coquille Bay, Cyathea Cove and Fisherman Island to name a few.