Story: European discovery of New Zealand

Cook’s South Cape (3rd of 3)

Cook’s South Cape

In the second of two main mistakes on Cook’s map of New Zealand, Stewart Island is recorded as a possible peninsula. In fact, Cook thought there probably was a passage between what he mapped as South-west Bay and South-east Bay, and left his chart incomplete. Foveaux Strait was first discovered when an American sealing ship sailed through it in 1804.

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Cook’s three voyages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016