There's no let-up in Gisborne's Endeavour endeavours: in the riverside park is a dynamic statue of Nicholas Young, Captain Cook’s cabin boy, whose eagle eyes were the first to spot NZ (the white cliffs at Young Nick’s Head). There’s another Cook statue nearby, erected on a globe etched with his roaming routes.

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1. Captain Cook Statue

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One of Gisborne's gaggle of Captain Cook commemorations, part of which is a globe etched with his roaming routes.

2. Puhi Kai Iti Cook Landing Site

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At the foot of Titirangi Reserve is the spot where Captain Cook first landed in NZ in 1769, and where nine Māori were killed by Cook's crew. In 2019, a $5…

3. Sculpture of Te Maro

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On the flanks of Titirangi Reserve is an impressive new sculpture of Te Maro, the first of nine Māori men killed by Cook's crew when they landed in…

4. Cook's Plaza

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Near the summit of Kaiti Hill in Titirangi Reserve is Cook's Plaza. Due to a cock-up of historic proportions, the Cook statue here isn’t garbed in British…

5. Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana

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Like a giant sundial, Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana is a large modern sculpture in the shape of a tauihu (canoe prow) that celebrates early Māori explorers.

6. Footrot Flats Statue

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Gisborne is already well endowed with statues, but this one commemorating the hugely popular Footrot Flats cartoons by Gisborne local, the late Murray…

7. Clock Tower

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Built in 1934, this art-deco clock tower is the undisputed highlight of Gisborne's main street.

8. Titirangi Lookout

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On top of Kaiti Hill in Titirangi Reserve, this lookout offers high, wide and handsome views out across the sea.