Story: European discovery of New Zealand

Young Nicks Head

Young Nicks Head

In October 1769 Cook and his crew first sighted the east coast of the North Island, south of present-day Gisborne. He named the prominent headland on the south side of Poverty Bay Young Nicks Head, after the cabin boy Nicholas Young, who was the first to sight land from the Endeavour.

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Cook’s three voyages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

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