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Great place for a pit stop

Being a Kiwi it was good to see what our aid money has paid for.... The landing site itself has a walk way to the water, a plaque to give information and a covered area where... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2016
Juliette D
Foxton Beach, null, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Compared to Tasman, Cook definitely picked a more attractive landing place. You are likely to visit this place as part of a tour of Tongatapu but it is definitely worth reading up on the history of both beforehand. It makes for a pretty picture otherwise but the historical significance of Cook's landing, the misnomer of the "Friendly Islands", and what... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

Quite uninteresting if you ask me. It's just a cement area with a plaque and a wall mural that says "Captain Cook Landing Site." Maybe if you're into the history it's more interesting but it really wasn't worth getting out of the car too see. The water wasn't even nice looking, it was dirty and brown.

1 Thank kmerke
Foxton Beach, null, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

Being a Kiwi it was good to see what our aid money has paid for.... The landing site itself has a walk way to the water, a plaque to give information and a covered area where people set up stalls. We stopped here for 10 min on a tour and that was long enough to see everything. The view over... More 

Thank Juliette D
Bay Of Plenty
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Reviewed 1 April 2016

On our travels we called into see this landmark--only need 10 minutes to look though, nice view of the harbor.

Thank rhad
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 September 2015

On the tour with Toni we stopped off for a few minutes to this so called landing spot. Looking down to the sea you will see lots of mangrove growing and lots of mud. As I have a real interest in the voyages of Captain Cook and have read many books about him. Obviously he was a free loader but... More 

Thank John M
Kiama, Australia
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Reviewed 19 April 2015

Nice place to get out of the car to take some photos. Interesting information board but when we visited on a Sunday, the information centre was closed.

Thank apatasaurus
Alexandria, VA
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Reviewed 13 April 2015

This site requires no more than 5 minutes of your time. There are two plaques, one for James Cook and on the reverse another plaque noting that Queen Elizabeth visited the site in 1970. If you are oon yiu way to someplace else, this would be a suitable stop, but surely this site alone does not justify a visit.

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Reviewed 28 January 2015 via mobile

We stopped here on our travels around the island and took in the nice scenery of the lagoon where u could imagine captain cook coming in on his tall ship . There is a little house next to it that sells gifts and a couple of the children came out to say hello and kindly offered the use of their... More 

1 Thank Carissa L
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Located 30 minutes drive from Nuku'alofa, just before the village of Mu'a. This roadside marker commemorates the landing site of Captain Cook's third visit to the Tongan Islands. To the left is a banyan tree he is said to have sheltered under. It was on this trip he presented the King with a tortoise who lived until 1965 and whose... More 

1 Thank Jolyon67
Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

This is the site where Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook first set foot on Tongan soil. The place has a historic marker, a view deck platform and a handicraft centre. There is not much to see except the body of water and vegetation within the landing site and across. It is just a simple reminder that at one time Captain... More 

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