– Thomas Shepherd explores the future site of Dunedin and produces the oldest surviving drawings of Otago Harbour and surrounding coasts including Waikouaiti.
– The Rosanna and the Lambton (see above) are the first European ships enter Wellington Harbour. Captain Herd names the harbour Port Nicholson after his friend John Nicholson, harbourmaster at Port Jackson (Sydney).
23 September – The New Zealand Company agents aboard the Rosanna complete the purchase of 'Pakatu' (Pakatoa), 'Taratora' (Rotoroa), 'Ponue' (Ponui) and 'Pake' (Pakihi) Islands in the Hauraki Gulf. They then become frightened of the local Māori, change their minds almost immediately, sell up and leave for the Bay of Islands.
William Stewart establishes a timber, flax and trading settlement at Port Pegasus on Stewart Island.