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, some roads have been closed (with alternative routes to be taken).
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.
In 1769 Cook made landfall in New Zealand at a place south of what we know today as the Mercury Bay. He then headed north and anchored at Cooks Beach, where he spent a few days and observed the transit of Mercury across the sun. The sighting of the Transit of Mercury is commemorated on Cooks Beach by a cairn of Coromandel granite which tells the story; "In this bay was anchored 5 Nov 1769, HMS Endeavor, Lieutenant James Cook RN, Commander. He observed the transit of Mercury and named this bay." Time: 2 minutes return