Te Au Mārie 1769 Sestercentennial Charitable Trust

Tuia First Encounters 250: Bay of Islands 2019

Celebrating Polynesian voyages of discovery

Commemorating the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā

Ipipiri Bay of Islands, 29 November 1769

29 November 1769

In November 1769, the Endeavour reached the Bay of Islands, having turned back from the Cavalli Islands due bad weather. Once they were anchored between Motuarohia and Orakawa Peninsula, approximately thirty seven large and small canoes carrying 300-400 people crowded around the ship.

On board the Endeavour was not just Cook, the various Scientists and his crew, but also the Polynesian tohunga, a high priest navigator called Tupaia. This was the first time that European cartography and Polynesian navigational skills had come together, the first time that the two worlds met.

I have named it the Bay of Islands


Lieutentant James Cook

Master, HM Bark Endeavour

Te Kuku or "Otegoowgoow', son of a chief on Motuarohia