Issued 28th Jan 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, SH25a and the Tapu Coroglen roads have been closed.

Some local DOC campsites are closed, and Te Whatu Ora Waikato advises everyone to not use coastal beaches, lakes, rivers and streams until at least 48 hours following heavy rainfall due to potential bacterial contamination.

Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies.

Shakespear Clif and Cooks Beach

In the footsteps of Kupe and Cook

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In the footsteps of Kupe and Cook

A visit to Whitianga and the surrounding Mercury Bay settlements of Wharekaho, Ferry Landing, Shakespeare’s Cliff and Cooks Beach offer a unique opportunity to revisit the initial explorations of Kupe and Cook.

Mercury Bay is one of the few New Zealand places originally discovered by both Kupe and Captain James Cook. A stroll in Kupe and Cook’s footsteps reminds us that the landscape they encountered centuries ago remains recognisable today.

Mercury Bay holds a significant place in New Zealand’s history, where both European and Polynesian explorers first set foot. From Kupe’s legendary arrival around 950 AD through to Captain Cook’s discovery in 1769, this is an area resonant with parallel histories. It is a place where New Zealand’s European and Polynesian heritage intersect.

Centuries separated the explorers’ voyages, reflected in the area’s changing place names. Contemplate Kupe and Cook’s footsteps with a visit to Mercury Bay; Te Whitianga-Nui-a-Kupe; Te Whanganui-o-Hei.



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