The first substantial New Zealand mountain to be climbed by Europeans was Mt Sparrman (781 m) in Dusky Sound, ascended by four of Captain James Cook’s crew during his second voyage to New Zealand in 1773. In 1999, the Australian art historian Bernard Smith was among a group who travelled to Dusky Sound in the boat Breaksea Girl to recreate Cook’s visit. The boat is moored in the sound, with Mt Sparrman partially hidden by clouds.
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