Cook Strait(redirected from Cooks Strait)
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Cook Strait,channel, c.15 mi (24 km) wide, between the North Island and the South Island, New Zealand. It was first explored in 1770 by Capt. James Cook.
a strait between North Island and South Is-land, New Zealand, connecting the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Length, 205 km; width, 25–150 km; depth, up to 365 m. It was named in honor of J. Cook, who discovered it in 1769. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is situated on the east shore of Cook Strait.