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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Follow the voyage

Cast your gaze to Te Moananui-a-Kiwa – the mighty Pacific Ocean – from the shores of Aotearoa New Zealand this October to December, and you’ll be treated to the sight of the Tuia 250 Voyage – a journey of national significance. A flotilla of Pacific, Māori and European sailing vessels showcases the exceptional feats of voyaging that brought us together. 

The Voyage began in Tahiti on the August 19 with the launch of the va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Using the celestial navigation methods Pacific voyagers have used for thousands of years, the crew will guide the Fa’afaite across more than 4,300 kilometres of open ocean to join the flotilla.

 

Follow the progress of the flotilla on your device with this dynamic GPS and animated tracking technology.

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