Fodor's Expert Review Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve

Gisborne Beach
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This place has deep historical significance and contestation for New Zealanders. A statue of Captain James Cook, who first landed here on October 9, 1769, stands on Kaiti Beach, across the river southeast of the city center. It is both a site of protest and commemoration. The beach itself attracts interesting birdlife at low tide.

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Esplanade on south end of Turanganui River
Gisborne, Gisborne  New Zealand

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