Oyster River Retreat

November 2019 is the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's First Voyage of 1769 to Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay) on the Coromandel. Oyster River got it's name.....It was a second choice, he at first intended to use a native name, 'Opoorage' from Purangi, the name of the stream he called 'Oyster River'. 

Te Whanganui a Hei (Mercury Bay) was one of four landing sites for Cook's ship The Endeavour in New Zealand but it was significant in the story of the birthplace of our nation.

Cook and his crew anchored in Cook's Beach, and it was here that he recorded the Transit of Mercury, in doing so, he put New Zealand on European charts for the first time.