Cook Strait separates New Zealand’s North and South Islands. It connects the South Pacific Ocean on the southeast and the Tasman Sea on the northwest. It is named after the British explorer Captain Cook who was the first European commander to sail through these notoriously dangerous waters. On the right-hand side of the chart can be seen the city of Wellington nestled within the horse-shoe shaped Wellington Harbour. On the other side of the Strait you can see the long and complicated coast-line of South Island’s northern shore. Two of the larger islands are D’Urville Island and Arapawa Island.
This is a very fine chart of substantial proportions, measuring nearly 1m x 1m. On the bottom you can see how the compass rose floats over the edge of the chart in an artistic feature. It sits on a golden background and has a grey mount and a black frame. It is finished with surround lighting which looks wonderful.