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Captain Cook Anniversary

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“The number of inhabitants hardly exceeds three or four hundred people, they leive dispers’d along the Shores in search of their daly bread, which is fish and firn roots for they cultivate no part of the lands.”

Captain James Cook

In 2020, it will be 250 years since Captain James Cook wrote these words in his journals shortly after making landfall at Ship Cove on 16 January 1770. He found the place so to his liking that he returned on five separate occasions to replenish and repair his ships and relax his crew.

  • We welcome you to replenish and relax with us at Bay of Many Coves as we begin the build up towards the celebration of this historic event.
  • In addition to the luxurious surroundings and fine cuisine that are a hallmark of Bay of Many Coves 5-star resort, we are offering a special Captain Cook Package. It includes complimentary transfers and a voyage of discovery to Cook’s landing place.
  • This offer is available to guests staying a minimum of two nights between 5 and 25 January each year leading up to the 250 Year Celebration in 2020.


The Voyage

Enjoy a complimentary transfer with E-Ko Tours from Picton to Bay of Many Coves via Motuara Island, where Captain Cook proclaimed New Zealand a British Territory. Visit Ship Cove and see the Cook Monument, plus wonderful and rare wildlife including dolphins, seals and native birds.


Special Replenishment

Sample a special ‘Spruce Beer’ on arrival at Bay of Many Coves. Captain Cook was the first to brew beer in New Zealand using molasses, Manuka (Ti Tree) and Rimu leaves. The same traditional ingredients are used in this distinctive and deliciously tasty craft ale.


Our Daly Bread

Fish and firn roots will indeed be a part of the Bay of Many Coves award winning cuisine. For this occasion we will we will also have on the menu deliciously prepared pork cuts from the Captain Cooker – a descendant of the English pig that the good Captain introduced to New Zealand.


Extra Rations

Groups of four staying an additional night in a two-bedroom apartment will also receive a complimentary Wildfoods Lunch Platter served on the balcony during one day of their stay.

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Captain Cook Anniversary

Offer available 5 – 25 January each year