Cook Strait

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Cook Strait (Te Moana-o-Raukawa) is a strait that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand.wikipedia
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South Island

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Cook Strait (Te Moana-o-Raukawa) is a strait that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
It is bordered to the north by Cook Strait, to the west by the Tasman Sea, and to the south and east by the Pacific Ocean.

North Island

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Cook Strait (Te Moana-o-Raukawa) is a strait that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
The North Island, also officially named Te Ika-a-Māui, is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the larger but much less populous South Island by Cook Strait.

Wellington

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It connects the Tasman Sea on the northwest with the South Pacific Ocean on the southeast, and runs next to the capital city, Wellington. Regular ferry services run between Picton in the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington, operated by KiwiRail (the Interislander) and Strait Shipping (Bluebridge).
It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Remutaka Range.

New Zealand

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Cook Strait (Te Moana-o-Raukawa) is a strait that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
) Following concerns that the South Island might form a separate colony, premier Alfred Domett moved a resolution to transfer the capital from Auckland to a locality near Cook Strait.

Pelorus Jack

Between 1888 and 1912 a Risso's dolphin named Pelorus Jack became famous for meeting and escorting ships around the Cook Strait.
Pelorus Jack (fl. 1888 – April 1912) was a Risso's dolphin that was famous for meeting and escorting ships through a stretch of water in Cook Strait, New Zealand, between 1888 and 1912.

Te Rauparaha

During the 1820s Te Rauparaha led a Māori migration to, and the conquest and settlement of, the Cook Strait region.
In 1819 Te Rauparaha joined with a large war party of Ngāpuhi led by Tāmati Wāka Nene; they probably reached Cook Strait before turning back.

Strait

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Cook Strait (Te Moana-o-Raukawa) is a strait that separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The strait is named after James Cook, the first European commander to sail through it, in 1770.
Cook Strait in New Zealand may be capable of generating 5.6 GW even though the total energy available in the flow is 15 GW.

Te Wheke-a-Muturangi

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Kupe followed in his canoe a monstrous octopus called Te Wheke-a-Muturangi across Cook Strait and destroyed it in Tory Channel or at Pātea.
The giant octopus then fled across Cook Strait, and was chased by Kupe through Tory Channel.

The Brothers (New Zealand)

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The Brothers is a group of tiny islands in Cook Strait off the east coast of Arapaoa Island.
The Brothers is a group of small islands in Cook Strait, New Zealand, off the east coast of Arapaoa Island.

Abel Tasman

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When Dutch explorer Abel Tasman first saw New Zealand in 1642, he thought Cook Strait was a bight closed to the east.
The expedition then sailed north, sighting Cook Strait, which it mistook for a bight and named "Zeehaen's Bight".

Tasman Sea

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It connects the Tasman Sea on the northwest with the South Pacific Ocean on the southeast, and runs next to the capital city, Wellington.

HVDC Inter-Island

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Three submarine power cables cross Cook Strait between Oteranga Bay in the North Island and Fighting Bay in the South Island as part of the HVDC Inter-Island, which provides an electricity link between Benmore in the South island and Haywards in the North Island.
It is commonly referred to as the Cook Strait cable in the media and in press releases, although the link is much longer than its Cook Strait section, and consists of 3 parallel cables.

Ocean power in New Zealand

Tidaltidal flow
The tidal flow through Cook Strait is unusual in that the tidal elevation at the ends of the strait are almost exactly out of phase with one another, so high water on one side meets low water on the other.
The greater Cook Strait and Kaipara Harbour seem to offer the most promising sites for using underwater turbines.

Hikurangi Trench

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To the east is the Cook Strait Canyon with steep walls descending eastwards into the bathyal depths of the Hikurangi Trench.
The Hikurangi Trench, also called the Hikurangi Trough, is an oceanic trench in the bed of the Pacific Ocean off the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, lying between the southern end of the Cook Strait and the Chatham Rise.

Arapaoa Island

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From the late 1820s until the mid-1960s Arapaoa Island was a base for whaling in the Sounds. At its narrowest point, 22 km separate Cape Terawhiti in the North Island from Perano Head on Arapaoa Island in the Marlborough Sounds.
Cook Strait's narrowest point is between Arapaoa Island's Perano Head and Cape Terawhiti in the North Island.

Palliser Bay

The east (North Island) coast runs 40 km along Palliser Bay, crosses the entrance to Wellington harbour, past some Wellington suburbs and continues another 15 km to Makara beach.
It runs for 40 kilometres along the Cook Strait coast from Turakirae Head at the southern end of the Rimutaka Ranges to Cape Palliser, the North Island's southernmost point.

Tuatara

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North Brother island in this small chain is a sanctuary for the rare Brothers Island tuatara, while the largest of the islands is the site of the Brothers Island Lighthouse.
While there is currently considered to be only one living species of tuatara, two species were previously identified: Sphenodon punctatus, or northern tuatara, and the much rarer Sphenodon guntheri, or Brothers Island tuatara, which is confined to North Brother Island in Cook Strait.

Te Koko-o-Kupe / Cloudy Bay

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The west (South Island) coast runs 30 km along Cloudy Bay and past the islands and entrances to the Marlborough Sounds.
The bay faces Cook Strait, stretching north-south over a distance of 30 km from the southern extremity of the Marlborough Sounds (Port Underwood) to White Bluffs.

Marlborough Sounds

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The west (South Island) coast runs 30 km along Cloudy Bay and past the islands and entrances to the Marlborough Sounds. Because of its use as a whale migration route, whalers established bases in the Marlborough Sounds and in the Kapiti area.
The Marlborough Sounds are connected to Cook Strait at the north-east extreme.

James Cook

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The strait is named after James Cook, the first European commander to sail through it, in 1770.
Numerous institutions, landmarks and place names reflect the importance of Cook's contributions, including the Cook Islands, the Cook Strait, Cook Inlet, and the Cook crater on the Moon.

Golden Bay

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Long-finned pilot whales often strand en masse at Golden Bay.
An arm of the Tasman Sea, the bay lies northwest of Tasman Bay and Cook Strait.

Cape Terawhiti

At its narrowest point, 22 km separate Cape Terawhiti in the North Island from Perano Head on Arapaoa Island in the Marlborough Sounds.
Ohau Point, located on the northern tip of Cape Terawhiti and, along with Perano Head on Arapaoa Island in the Marlborough Sounds, marks the narrowest part of Cook Strait.

Hector's dolphin

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Several dolphins (bottlenose, common, dusky) frequent the area along with killer whales and the endemic Hector's dolphins.
The largest populations live on the east and west coasts of the South Island, most notably on Banks Peninsula and Te Waewae Bay while smaller local groups are scattered along entire South Island coasts such as at Cook Strait, Kaikoura, West Coast, Catlins (e.g. Porpoise Bay, Curio Bay), and Otago coasts (e.g.Karitane, Oamaru, Moeraki, Otago Harbour, Blueskin Bay).

Coastal fortifications of New Zealand

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At times when New Zealand feared invasion, various coastal fortifications were constructed to defend Cook Strait.

Interislander

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Regular ferry services run between Picton in the Marlborough Sounds and Wellington, operated by KiwiRail (the Interislander) and Strait Shipping (Bluebridge).
Interislander is a road and rail ferry service across New Zealand's Cook Strait, between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island.