Crossing Cook Strait

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McSaveney, E. 1993 Crossing Cook Strait. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences information series 9 6 p.

Abstract: In 1770, from the crest of Kaitapeha Peak on Arapawa Island, Captain James Cook first sighted the strait that bears his name, and realised that New Zealand was not the great ''Southern Continent'' he sought, but two large islands. For the Maori, Cook Strait was no barrier to travel between the islands - parties of settlers and raiding warriors regularly crossed its treacherous waters in canoes. Fore modern travellers, the crossing of Cook Strait offers a variety of landscapes and moods - tranquil waterways winding among farmed and forested hills, bracing winds and sometimes boisterous seas, and the magnificent natural harbour of New Zealand's capital. This brochure explains the sights. (auth/NJT)

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