You can find on this page the old map of New Zealand to print and to download in PDF. The ancient New Zealand map presents the past and evolutions of the country New Zealand in Oceania.

Ancient New Zealand map

Historical map of New Zealand

The ancient map of New Zealand shows evolutions of New Zealand. This historical map of New Zealand will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of New Zealand in Oceania. The New Zealand ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Over the centuries that followed the first settlers of ancient New Zealand developed a distinct culture now known as Māori. The population was divided into iwi (tribes) and hapū (subtribes) which would cooperate, compete and sometimes fight with each other. At some point a group of Māori migrated to the Chatham Islands (which they named Rēkohu) where they developed their distinct Moriori culture as its shown in Ancient New Zealand map. The Moriori population was decimated between 1835 and 1862, largely because of Māori invasion and enslavement, although European diseases also contributed. In 1862 only 101 survived and the last known full-blooded Moriori died in 1933.

The first Europeans known to have reached ancient New Zealand were Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and his crew in 1642. In a hostile encounter, four crew members were killed and at least one Māori was hit by canister shot. Europeans did not revisit New Zealand until 1769 when British explorer James Cook mapped almost the entire coastline as its mentioned in Ancient New Zealand map. Following Cook, New Zealand was visited by numerous European and North American whaling, sealing and trading ships.

The resulting inter-tribal Musket Wars encompassed over 600 battles between 1801 and 1840, killing 30,000–40,000 Māori as you can see in the Ancient New Zealand map. From the early 19th century, Christian missionaries began to settle ancient New Zealand, eventually converting most of the Māori population. The Māori population declined to around 40 percent of its pre-contact level during the 19th century; introduced diseases were the major factor.