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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Meet, Explore and Learn – Waitohi/Picton Foreshore

Sunday, November 24


Explore each of the five flotilla vessels and meet the crews.


Learn about migration, conservation, sail & rope handling, the lunar calendar, using a star compass, discover the fascinating Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow and visit a portable planetarium.


Bring a picnic and stay all day.

The vessels include:

  • The Haunui from Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland

  • Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti from Tauranga

  • Fa’afaite i te Ao Mā’ohi, a va’a moana from Pape'ete, Tahiti.

  • The HMB Endeavour replica from the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney

  • The Spirit of New Zealand from Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland.  


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