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Captain Cook’s Coromandel and Hauraki expedition

The Coromandel offers a unique opportunity to experience the area for the first time, as the great navigator, Captain James Cook did, in November 1769.

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Captain James Cook discovers The Coromandel

The observation of the transit of Mercury enabled Captain James Cook to establish the geographic coordinates of New Zealand - literally placing it on the world map and resulting in the now familiar place names of Mercury Bay and Cooks Beach.

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Kupe's Footsteps

Kupe was the first Polynesian explorer to sight The Coromandel. In around 950 AD, before the canoe migrations, Kupe travelled from Raiatea, Hawaiki in the mighty double canoe, Matahourua.

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