Young Nick's Head
The promontory was the first land sighted by the crew of Capt. James Cook's ship, Endeavour on October 7, 1769, Cook having promised a reward to the first crewman to sight land. This reward was delivered to 12-year-old Nicholas Young, assistant to the ship's surgeon, in the form of five gallons of rum and the name of the headland.
In Maori the promontory is named Te Kuri o Paoa, or in its English translation "The Dog of Paoa" as the shape of the headlands looked like the dog of the famous Maori explorer Paoa.
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