The Tuia – Encounters 250 national commemoration celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage and acknowledges the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā in 1769–70. There are events happening now in regions right around the country.

You can find out about the Tuia 250 Voyage events on from October to December. There are opportunities to join the journey by going on board the vessels at the landing sites. Crews are offering family-friendly opportunities to learn about Pacific, Māori and European sailing and navigation traditions through interactive activities, displays, star domes, guest speakers, roadshow trucks and more.

You’ll also find details here about other events, exhibitions and experiences around Aotearoa New Zealand that fit with the Tuia 250 themes. At the end of this page you will find instructions for adding your own Tuia 250 events.

A selection of Tuia 250 events are listed below, find many more on the Eventfinda website.

Tuia Mai Tawhiti Waka Festival

Almost three months ago, our voyaging waka set out from the East Cape together bringing a message of peace and unity. Together the flotilla journeyed to 14 different locations listening to stories of voyaging, ... Read more

Date: 15 Dec, 2019 6:00am - 11:59pm

Location: Pohutukawa Drive

Tatai Whenua - Tuia 250 Encounters

Sailing under the same stars... "It is important to know history from a place of truth.” - Maikara Ropata Hauraki Te Whenua, Tikapa Moana, Marutuahu Te Tangata. 1769 – A Hauraki Perspective Hauraki (one of ... Read more

Date: 22 Nov, 2019 6:00pm - 15 Dec, 2019 4:00pm

Location: 2 Korora Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander's Legacy

Initiated by the Embassy of Sweden and the Solander Gallery in Wellington, Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy is an exhibition of works by ten New Zealand artists that pays homage to the work of Daniel Solander, a ... Read more

Date: 25 Nov, 2019 9:00am - 15 Jan, 2020 6:00pm

Location: 1 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Time Travellers -Tuia Te Muka Tangata Ki Uta: Shared Futures

Tuia te muka tangata ki uta: Weaving people together for a shared future. Tuia 250 Encounters Marlborough Children's Art Exhibition. Dual Heritage - Shared Future He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu, te hau ka ... Read more

Date: 16 Nov, 2019 1:00pm - 26 Jan, 2020 4:00pm

Location: Corner of Seymour and Alfred Streets, Blenheim, Marlborough

Te Rangi Haupapa – A Woven History

The exhibition Te Rangi Haupapa – a woven history approaches concepts around colonisation and the aftermath of the land wars in the Bay of Plenty, specifically through a Te Āo Māori lens. Two contrasting spaces ... Read more

Date: 19 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 8 Mar, 2020 4:30pm

Location: Cnr of Wharf and Willow Streets, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty

Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour

Enter the world of Tupaia, Tahitian high priest, navigator, and artist. Go back in time to 1769 and journey with him on Captain Cook’s Endeavour from Tahiti to Aotearoa. Learn about the critical role Tupaia played in ... Read more

Date: 24 Sep, 2019 10:00am - 15 Mar, 2020 5:00pm

Location: Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

Tākiri: An Unfurling

Seven contemporary artists explore early Māori and European encounters through new work inspired by museum taonga. Historical artefacts meet contemporary art as the national dialogue unfolds 250 years after the first ... Read more

Date: 12 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 7 Jun, 2020 5:00pm

Location: Corner Quay & Hobson Streets, CBD, Auckland

Tuia – Southern Encounters

When James Cook sailed down the Otago coast in 1770 he observed what he thought to be a barren uninhabited land. This exhibition weaves together taonga, images, maps, and knowledge handed down from ancestors to tell the ... Read more

Date: 7 Sep, 2019 10:00am - 11 Jan, 2020 5:00pm

Location: 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, Otago

Want to promote your event?

Simply register on Eventfinda and start listing your events. Go to the Create Event tab, give your event a title, select a category, venue, and the event’s date and time, and you’re on the way. It’s best to add a description, ticketing information, a link to the event website, and images.

To ensure your event is promoted in our feed, and the Tuia 250 tour on Eventfinda include this line in the description area: ‘This event is part of the Tuia 250 Encounters programme.’

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Te Au Mārie 1769 Sestercentennial Trust  logo Mercury 250 Trust logo Tōtaranui 250 Trust  logo Te Hā 1769 Sestercentennial Trust logo
Te Toki Voyaging Trust logo Australian National Maritime Museum logo R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust  logo Tahiti Voyaging Society  logo Spirit of Adventure Trust logo Te Kura o ngā Kurī a Tarawhata logo


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Whangārei/Port Nikau | Pēwhairangi/Bay of Islands/Opua | Waitohi/Picton | Wairau Te  Waiharakeke/Blenheim | Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington | Whakaraupō/Lyttelton | Te Māhia

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