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Golden Days in The Coromandel

The Coromandel was the first place gold was discovered in New Zealand, initiating feverish migration to the area, with prospectors seeking to find their fortune in the deep veins of the Coromandel Ranges.

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One of many Kauri Trees to view on The Coromandel

Kauri Heritage on The Coromandel

About 400 hectares of mature kauri trees remain in the 2000s. Many of these survived because they were located in areas too difficult for loggers to access. The main stands are in the Moehau ecological area, the Manaia Forest Sanctuary and the upper reaches of the Tairua River.

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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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Replica of the Endeavour at Cathedral Cove

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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Lookout from Shakesppear cliff down into Lonely Bay and Cooks Beach

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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