A narrow channel separating North Island and South Island in New Zealand. It was explored by Capt. James Cook in 1770.
Strait between North Island & South Island, New Zealand: narrowest point, 16 mi (26 km)
Cook-strait Sentence Examples
from Cook Strait to East Cape on the Bay of Plenty, ranges seldom under 3000 ft., but never attaining 6000 ft.
To pass Cook Strait and land in the middle province of South Island is to pass from Portugal to Switzerland, a Switzerland, however, with a seacoast that in the east centre is a dull fringe of monotonous sand dunes or low cliffs.
Elsewhere, sheltered Nelson has a more genial air than the Wellington side of Cook Strait.