Motuara Island 


The Tōtaranui 250 Trust is working with DOC to provide new signage at Motuara Island. These signs
will be installed before November, 2019.

Motuara Island was significant for Māori.


At the southern tip of Motuara Island is smaller Hippa Island which was the site of a pre-European Māori pā.


The adjacent Ship Cove was where Māori first met pakeha on a sustained basis. Motuara Island was the location where, in 1770, James Cook proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island.


For more information visit : Motuara Scenic Reserve


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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