Story: Early mapping

Cook’s map of New Zealand

This map of New Zealand shows the coastline as Cook charted it during his first visit in 1769–70. It was published in Sydney Parkinson’s Journal of a voyage to the South Seas (1773). The track of the Endeavour around New Zealand is also shown. Of particular interest is Cook’s depiction of Banks Peninsula as an island and Stewart Island as a possible peninsula. Overall, however, this chart provided an extremely accurate outline of New Zealand for future visitors.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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How to cite this page:

Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - Early mappers: 1642–1800', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 May 2024)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007