It's been 250 years since Captain Cook first set foot in New Zealand and - for better or worse - began the modern history of our nation.

The Herald has prepared an interactive map that traces the 1769 route of his ship, the Endeavour, and outlines his encounters with Māori.

To follow Cook's voyage, click on the map below and see how the historic expedition unfolded. If you want to learn more about the background of Cook and his journey, read our brief Q&A.

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Did Captain Cook discover New Zealand?

So why are we still talking about Cook today?

Was he a murderer?

Case closed then?

How did he communicate with Māori?

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Can we trust the official history?