Story: European discovery of New Zealand

Dumont d'Urville's charts

In 1827, after discovering French Pass and sailing through Cook Strait, Dumont d’Urville examined the east coast, from Cape Campbell to Whangārei. During this survey he prepared these two charts, showing Tolaga Bay (top), and Bream Bay with the entrance to Whangārei Harbour.

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Reference: MapColl-832.11aj/1827/Acc.32474

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - French explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

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