Captain Cook & Kupe - Tuia 250 Anniversary Celebrations

Captain Cook & Kupe - Tuia 250 Anniversary Celebrations

Event Info

Event Date
November 01, 2019
Finish Date
November 30, 2019

Location

Post Code
3510

Hours

A series of local commemoration events at different dates and locations
Portrait of Captain James Cook

What to Expect

A series of formal and informal events will be held in Whitianga, the Mercury Bay and throughout the Coromandel Peninsula area to celebrate this historic 250th anniversary.   The history of the great navigators Kupe and Captain James Cook who visited  Te Whanganui a Hei - Mercury Bay will be commemorated.
Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay) has great seafaring significance as this is where the great navigator Kupe visited many centuries ago and in 1769 was one of four landing sites for Cook’s ship The Endeavour.

Kupe & Captain James Cook in the Mercury Bay
A range of exciting events are in planning stages to commemorate Kupe and the historic visit of Captain Cook to the Mercury Bay.  The Mercury Bay is one of only four sites in New Zealand that Captain Cook went ashore. In November 1769 Cook landed on Cooks Beach and observed the transit of Mercury.  James Cook travelled around the Mercury Bay on the ship The Endeavour for 12 days.

Events Planned For Captain Cook Celebrations
  • Replica ship The Endeavour visit (confirmed)
  • Official ceremony
  • A community collaborative mural wall will be completed and installed during September 2019.

Captain James Cook 250th Anniversary Celebrations Whitianga and the Mercury Bay.jpg
Arched Rock with The Endeavour Captain Cook's Ship 1769
Captain Cook Memorial Mural at the Mercury Bay Museum

Event Info

Event Date
November 01, 2019
Finish Date
November 30, 2019

Location

Post Code
3510

Hours

A series of local commemoration events at different dates and locations

Mercury Bay Events Calendar 2017/2018

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