Film Screening

Documenting Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui.

The pōwhiri at Meretoto/Ship Cove, the flotilla arrival and public welcome at Waitohi/Picton.

Waitohi/Picton foreshore event map

Find the vessels, entertainment zones, Kete Kai food market, activity areas and information sites.

First Encounters / Picton Foreshore Event

Meet, Explore, Eat

Live Music & Light Installation

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Explore the flotilla vessels, meet the crew. Kete Kai Street Market offers a taste of Marlborough with Māori kai and multicultural food stalls. Entertainment continues into the night with music and a spectacular light Installation thanks to Interislander


Meet, Explore and Learn

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Hop on board the flotilla vessels, meet the crews, visit a star dome and science and conservation exhibits.

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Tuia Te Muka Tangata Ki Uta - Shared Futures

Saturday, November 16 to Jan 2020

An exhibition of Tuia 250 Encounters themed work created by children. Plus children's activities.

Otago University Conference

December 1 - 3, 2019

Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga
(indigenous knowledge)

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Meretoto/Ship Cove - Pōwhiri Tuia 250 flotilla

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Kete Kai Street Market

Saturday, November 23, 2019

A Māori themed street market featuring foods from around the world.


Port Marlborough Schools’ Day

Monday, November 25, 2019

Fully booked - no public access this day

Te Pokohiwi o Kupe

Revisiting Past Voyages

Saturday, November 16 to Jan 2020 

The connections between the present generation of Te Ahi Kaa of Pokohiwi and their connection to Aotearoa/New Zealand's first people.

Paradise Lost

14 March - 26 April, 2020

A touring exhibition of twenty works by ten New Zealand artists invited by Solander Gallery to respond creatively to the legacy of Daniel Solander and his contribution to New Zealand’s early scientific and natural history.

Catch a bus to the 

Fly My Pretties concert

$10 a ticket and you can take the bus from Blenheim to Picton and return.

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Community welcome the Tuia 250 flotilla

Friday, November 22, 2019

Join us on the Waitohi/Picton foreshore to welcome the flotilla

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Fly My Pretties

Saturday, November 23, 2019

New Zealand’s favourite collaborative group, Fly My Pretties will perform live in a free concert on Waitohi/Picton foreshore


First Voyages

Wednesday & Thursday, November 27 & 28, 2019

Two evening events celebrating the first voyagers Maui, Kupe and the Tahitian Navigator Tupaia.

Meretoto: Wero

The Challenge

Wednesday, November 20 to December 14, 2019

The Diversion Gallery opens their third Meretoto/Ship Cove exhibition of artistic perspectives on 250 years of shared histories.


In 2019, New Zealand will mark 250 years since the first meetings between Māori and Pākehā during James Cook and the Endeavour’s 1769 voyage to Aotearoa New Zealand. Tuia – Encounters 250 will acknowledge this pivotal moment in our nation’s history as well as the extraordinary feats of Pacific voyagers who reached and settled in Aotearoa many years earlier.

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