In November 2019, the Coromandel will be one of six New Zealand locations that will host the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s Great Voyage of Discovery (1768–1771) aboard The Endeavour.
We need our community and our tourism stakeholders to help plan local events and contribute ideas and energy for the Mercury Bay 250 celebrations of Cook’s Journey.
During October 2019 the replica HMS Endeavour will arrive after sailing from its first stop in New Zealand at Gisborne. It will then make a brief stop in Auckland, before continuing on Cook’s original journey to the Bay of Islands and Queen Charlotte Sound, stopping in Wellington in between (neither Auckland nor Wellington were on Cook’s original journey).
A Trust has been formed to bring together individuals, community groups, event organisers and businesses willing to have input on legacy projects, as well as for commemoration events being planned for the 2019 replica Endeavour visit.
The Mercury Bay 250 Trust meets monthly to assist with planning of the celebrations. They would like to hear your thoughts on the 250 commemoration and how you might contribute to the event. Visit our Trust page for contact details.
Visitors - Join us as we host The Endeavour once again and Discover, Explore, Share our place with you.
Locals – Get involved in the biggest commemorative event in our history. Share your ideas and help plan local events for the Cook 250 celebrations.