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14 - 19 February 1770

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Joseph Banks



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On the 14th, we passed Cooks Straits, without seeing them, on the east side of * Toaipoonamoo. The land consists of high ridges of mountains, whose tops, streaked with snow, had but little verdure upon them; and, at the bottom of them, we saw but little low land.

In the afternoon, four double canoes, in which were fifty-seven people, came off to us; they had some leaves about their heads, but few cloaths on their bodies, and seemed to be poor wretches. They kept aloof from us, nor could we persuade them to traffic with us.

On the 16th, we sailed along shore, and had frequent calms. About noon we passed a broad opening which seemed to divide the land; on the N. W. side of which is a small bay, which we named Gores Bay. In the evening the land tend-ed away to the S.W. and formed in various bluff points, and was, within, of a middling height, very broken, and somewhat bare. We saw some smoke, but were not near enough to make any accurate observations. We passed also the ap-pearance of several good harbours.

On the 17th, we saw more land which still tended away to the S.W. and, It is pro-bable, the straits we saw is a passage between the main or land we sailed along the day before and the island or land we saw this day; or this may, perhaps, be a con-tinuation of the larger. About the middle of this island, which we called Bankss Island, there seems to be a fine large bay. We hauled in our wind, and stood to the east, one of the lieutenants being persuaded that he saw land in that quarter; but, in the evening, we bore away to the south, and, on the 18th, Latitude 45° 16, we hauled in our wind, and stood to the west, being certain that we could not miss of land if there was any so far to the south. In the evening we saw vast shoals of grampusses and bottle-nosed porpoises.

On the 19th, standing still to the westward, with a brisk breeze, in the fore-noon, we discovered high land southward of us, being then, by our reckoning, thirty-three leagues to the westward, and eight southward of the land we had parted from when we sailed to the east. We hauled in our wind and stood for it.

* Or the Land of Poonamoo, which is the name by which the natives distinguish the southern division of this island, and where the Poonamoo, or Green Stone, is found. The northern division of New Zealand is called by them Eaheino-Mauwe

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