The history of New Zealand dates back at least 700 years to when it was discovered and settled by Polynesians, who developed a distinct Māori culture. Captain James Cook was the first European explorer to circumnavigate and map New Zealand. He reached New Zealand in October 1769 on the first of his three voyages.
A bronze statue of Captain James Cook by Thomas Brock is located near Admiralty Arch on the south side of The Mall in London. The statue was completed in 1914 and is maintained by The Royal Parks. It is mounted on a stone plinth.