Cook Landing Site & Cook's Cove field trip

At Cook Landing Site and Cook's Cove learn about Captain James Cook's historic first landing during his circumnavigation of New Zealand.

The Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve is located on Kaiti Beach Road in Gisborne. It commemorates the first European landfall and meeting with Māori in New Zealand (1769). Since, the landing site has changed dramatically, although it continues to be recognised as a place of national significance.

Cook’s Cove Walkway is situated at the southern end of Tolaga Bay, 52 km north of Gisborne.

The teaching resource provides background information on the history and conservation management of Cook’s Landing Site National Reserve and Cook’s Cove Walkway.

Meretoto/Ship Cove and Motuara Island field trip

This resource has been developed to assist teachers in providing an interesting and exciting outdoor education experience at Ship Cove and Motuara Island. Learn about Captain Cook’s favourite landing place and how New Zealand's plants and wildlife live on a pest-free island in the Marlborough Sounds.

This educational resource contains background information on the natural and human history of the island, suggestions for class and site-based activities, and student activity sheets. “Getting there” information is included, and other things to take into consideration when planning your class trip.

The voyages of Captain James Cook

Explore the stories, art, and maps of the voyages. The expeditions of James Cook shaped Europe’s knowledge of the world, and had far-reaching consequences for the people of the lands they touched. Explore the stories, art, and maps of the artists and scientists who were on board the ships. The digital collection items include drawings by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, who accompanied Cook to New Zealand and Australia. You’ll also find modern-day responses to the expeditions from people of the communities Cook encountered, documented, and learned from. These reflect the different perspectives that exist on the legacy of the voyages and their impact.

He Hokinga Whakaaro - reflecting on the First Encounters of Tangata Whenua and Cook in 1769, when New Zealand history changed forever

This field trip is a virtual journey back in time. You will stand on the very beach where, centuries ago, one of the first Māori waka landed in New Zealand. You will scan historic landmarks from a boat in Poverty Bay where Captain Cook anchored the Endeavour almost 250 years ago. In between you will visit a marae, identify local plants collected during Captain Cook's voyage, and find out about traditional use of plants by Māori. This trip fits well with big ideas like whakapapa, identity, communities, environments, taonga.

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Captain Cook Charting Our Islands, by Melanie Lovell Smith

This article describes Captain Cook’s first visit to New Zealand where he charted the coastline. It focuses on Cook’s abilities as a skilled maker of charts and maps rather than as a great explorer. It also examines the maths involved in Cook’s chart making (a perfect, real-life example of maths in everyday life).

A Hoe! And Painted Hoe, by Steve Gibbs

The first peaceful meetings between Māori and Europeans took place in 1769, when James Cook landed in the Tairāwhiti region. During those meetings, Māori traded a number of painted hoe (paddles) for cloth, seeds, potatoes, and other items. The paddles are decorated with the earliest examples of what we now call kōwhaiwhai. They ended up in museums around the world. "Painted Hoe" describes those early meetings. "A Hoe!" describes Steve Gibbs' own response as an artist to the story of the paddles.