Story: Wellington region

Bypassed by Cook

The British navigator James Cook sailed past Wellington twice. He made this chart of New Zealand after his first voyage in 1769–70. It shows the Wellington coastline, but not the harbour, which he never entered.

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - European arrival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015