from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A large inlet of the southern Pacific Ocean on the east-central coast of North Island, New Zealand.
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Two days later he landed on the east coast of the North Island, a little north of Hawke Bay.
They reached the shores of New Zealand a little north of Hawke Bay, and landed, taking with them all the provisions out of the vessel, but treating the crew in a kindly way.
Soon, I've learned the sea here is Hawke Bay - Captain James Cook named it after his admiral - and the region is Hawke's Bay.