Introduction

Field trip | Levels: 3-5: At Cook Landing Site and Cook's Cove learn about Captain James Cook's historic first landing during his circumnavigation of New Zealand.

The Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve is located on Kaiti Beach Road in Gisborne.

It commemorates the first European landfall and meeting with Māori in New Zealand (1769). Since, the landing site has changed dramatically, although it continues to be recognised as a place of national significance.

Cook’s Cove Walkway is situated at the southern end of Tolaga Bay, 52 km north of Gisborne.

The teaching resource provides background information on the history and conservation management of Cook’s Landing Site National Reserve and Cook’s Cove Walkway.

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Cook Landing Site National Reserve and Cook’s Cove Walkway (PDF, 417K)

About the resource

This Teacher Resource Kit is designed to give you a hand to plan exciting and educational conservation learning experiences outside the classroom.

In this kit you fill find background information on the history and conservation management of Cook’s Landing Site National Reserve and Cook’s Cove Walkway. You will get information on curriculum links, suggested activities for teachers and pre- and post-visit activities for students to stimulate thinking on a range of topics. Safety and other planning considerations are included in these exercises.

Contents

  • Introduction, including using this resource, cross-curricular or specialised, and pre and post visit activities
  • Organisation and facilities
  • Cook Landing Site National Reserve and Cook’s Cove Walkway
  • Background information for teachers
  • Statements about curriculum links and the kits
  • Suggested activities for teachers
  • Other references and resources

Learning levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary

Learning areas

  • Science
  • Social sciences

Learning outcomes

  • Students will understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage
  • Students will research the history and significance to both maori and pakeha of the Cook Monument
  • Students will discuss and record the processes involved in forming the East Coast landscape

Links to curriculum 

  • Science: Living world: Ecology
  • Nature of science: Investigating in science
  • Planet earth and beyond: earth systems
  • Health & PE: Personal health and physical development
  • Social sciences: Place and environment

Topics

  • Historic places

Contact

Rotorua Office
Phone:   +64 7 349 7400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   rotorua@doc.govt.nz
Address:   99 Sala Street
Rotorua 3010
Postal Address:   PO Box 1146
Rotorua 3040

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