6 June – Samuel Leigh and William White establish the first Wesleyan mission at Kaeo, near Whangaroa, which they call ‘Wesleydale’ (var. Wesley-Dale).
17 July – John Kent on the naval cutter Mermaid visits Otago Harbour and, not knowing it has already been named, calls it Port Oxley.
23 June – Phillip Tapsell is married for the first time, to Maria Ringa of Ngā Puhi, by Thomas Kendall. The bride runs away later the same day. This is probably the first Christian wedding in New Zealand (as later claimed by Tapsell himself).
3 August – The Brampton arrives at the Bay of Islands. On board are Samuel Marsden, Henry Williams and family, and the Wesleyan missionaries John Hobbs and Nathaniel Turner (and family).
The first church in New Zealand is built at Paihia. The original, made of raupo, is not replaced until 1855.
John Kent on HMS Elizabeth Henrietta is the first identified European visitor to the Taranaki. Traders and/or whalers had recently visited the area. Others who visited this year include the barqueWilliam Stoveld which is reported to have traded at the Waitara river mouth, and John Guard in the Waterloo.