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.

Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana

Ngai Tamanuhiri have developed Rangiwaho Ihu ki te Moana 2019 to embrace their cultural contribution to the histories of Aotearoa. Ngai Tamanuhiri descend from waka people the illustrious navigators who, for many ... Read more

Date: 14 Oct, 2019 9:30am - 18 Oct, 2019 12:00pm

Location: 209 Grey Street, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Te Pōwhiri Welcomes Tuia 250 Flotilla

A pōwhiri will be held to acknowledge the first encounters between iwi Ngāti Hei and the crew of the Endeavour. The flotilla will sail to Wharekaho and arrive on the north end of the beach, the crews and manuhiri will ... Read more

Date: 18 Oct, 2019 11:30am - 5:00pm

Location: Whitianga

Cooks Beach - Beach Call

Pop down to the beach at Central Reserve to watch the heritage ships, Endeavour and waka sail pass. - BYO breakfast, hot drinks & something to sit on - Free event Presented by Cooks Beach Community. This event ... Read more

Date: 18 Oct, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am

Location: Banks St, Cooks Beach, The Coromandel

Conversations At the Cooks Beach Hall

With special guests, noted author/historian Graeme Lay and Joe Davis - Ngāti Hei talk in detail with John Steele about the 12 days Cook spent in Te Whanganui o Hei. - Friday 18 Oct: 7:30-9pm *Sold Out* - Free event, ... Read more

Date: 18 Oct, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Corner Purangi Road and Rees Avenue, Cooks Beach, The Coromandel

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that ... Read more

Date: 17 Oct, 2019 9:00am - 18 Oct, 2019 2:30pm

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

Native Voices: Ko Au, Ko Mātau - I Am, We Are

A visual art exhibition reinforcing an indigenous legacy, and challenging the impact of a "Nations Dual Heritage', on our Māori futures. KE Design, in partnership with Tairāwhiti Museum, presents a platform for ... Read more

Date: 6 Oct, 2019 4:00pm - 15 Mar, 2020 4:00pm

Location: Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

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 - 9 Nov, 2019 5:00pm

Location: 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, Otago

Neke Moa: Nō Te Moananui-a-Kiwa — Stories From the Pacific

New and recent work by Upper Hutt based contemporary jeweller, Neke Moa (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Ahuriri, Kai Tahu, Ngāti Porou, Tūwharetoa), reflects on our colonised history and the place we occupy in Te Moananui-a-Kiwa ... Read more

Date: 3 Aug, 2019 10:00am - 10 Nov, 2019 5:00pm

Location: 45 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

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: 17 Oct, 2019 9:00am - 15 Nov, 2019 4:00pm

Location: Corner Princes St & Waterloo Quadrant, CBD, Auckland

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

Enjoy the Entertainment - The Tuia Stage

While you’re checking out the waka, enjoy the live performances from Coromandel artists. Presented by Creative Mercury Bay & Mercury 250 Trust. This event is part of the Tuia 250 Encounters programme. Read more

Date: 19 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 10:00pm

Location: Whitianga

The Tuia Stage

Hi community, just wanted to let you know about an event next month as part of the Mercury Bay/Te Whanganui o Hei Tuia Encounters 250 commemorations. The Tuia Stage is a free, cultural showcase of Coromandel's best ... Read more

Date: 19 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 10:00pm

Location: Albert Street

Movie Day

Public screening of “12 Days.” The screening runs for 35 minutes and the Mercury Bay Museum will also be onsite to answer questions. Aimed at all ages. This is a free event hosted by Cooks Beach Community. This ... Read more

Date: 19 Oct, 2019 1:00pm - 11:59pm

Location: Corner Purangi Road and Rees Avenue, Cooks Beach, The Coromandel

Raranga Taura Here Community Arts Project Star Waka

12 Coromandel Weavers - Ngā Turuturu o te Tara present Raranga Taura Here - Star Waka, a contemporary raranga exhibition, demonstration and wānanga; on opportunity to weave your own star to add to the symbolic waka and ... Read more

Date: 19 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 20 Oct, 2019 4:00pm

Location: Whitianga

Waka Open Day and Pacific Voyaging Education

Explore the waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite, and learn from the crew about voyaging during talks and activities. - The Esplanade - Free event - Brought to you by ... Read more

Date: 19 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 20 Oct, 2019 4:00pm

Location: Whitianga

In Memory of Banks and Solander

250 years ago, botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander accompanied Captain Cook on his voyage to Aotearoa and collected the first herbarium samples. Celebrate the anniversary of these first collections with the ... Read more

Date: 19 Oct, 2019 11:00am - 27 Oct, 2019 11:45am

Location: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch

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

HBAF 2019 Presents - Cook or Crook? (R+W Session)

Scott Hamilton and Graeme Lay. Chair: Charles Ropitini With this year being the 250th anniversary of Cook’s landing, we bring two South Pacific experts to discuss the life and legacy of the man who first put New ... Read more

Date: 20 Oct, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: 9 Herschell Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Purangi Heritage Project

Re-dedication and opening ceremony for the Purangi Heritage Project. Transit of Mercury cairn reinstatement with bronze sextant sculpture. Endeavour buoy placed. Heritage signage for the purangi area installed and ... Read more

Date: 20 Oct, 2019 11:00am - 11:59pm

Location: Cooks Beach

Banks and Solander - 250 Years

It is 250 years since naturalists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander accompanied Captain James Cook to New Zealand. They were fascinated by New Zealand's plants and made the first herbarium collection. Ewen Cameron, ... Read more

Date: 20 Oct, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Armagh St, Christchurch

Spring Into Summer Talk Series - Tessa Duder: SOLD OUT

Meet renowned New Zealand author Tessa Duder who will be discussing her latest book, First Map - how James Cook charted Aotearoa New Zealand. Tessa has been long fascinated by James Cook’s iconic ‘New Zealand’ ... Read more

Date: 22 Oct, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: 5 Rust Avenue, Whangarei

The Puketoi Station Textiles and What They Can Tell Us

In this informal floor talk Dr Catherine Smith will discuss the different textiles and plants that form the Puketoi Station textiles, and what they show us about the people that made them and how they lived. Catherine ... Read more

Date: 12 Oct, 2019 11:00am - 23 Oct, 2019 1:00pm

Location: 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, Otago

Creation and Curation of the 1769 Garden

The 1769 Garden is a botanical commemoration of the first encounters between local Tairāwhiti Māori and the crew aboard Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour. It is part of the Waikereru Ecosanctuary, near Gisborne, a ... Read more

Date: 23 Oct, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Armagh St, Christchurch

Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture (RNZIH) Symposium 2019

The Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture invites you to their symposium commemorating the 250th anniversary of Cook's voyages on The Endeavour. Join us to hear lectures on the adventures of Solander, Banks and Parkinson, ... Read more

Date: 24 Oct, 2019 9:30am - 3:00pm

Location: 55 Cable St, Wellington

Voyaging Fleet Arrival and Pōwhiri

Join the crowds to welcome the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla into Auckland as the vessels sail past Queens Wharf. A haka pōwhiri will also take place. Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council. Go ... Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: 99 Quay St, CBD, Auckland

Te Tangi o Te Moana - Sounds of the Sea

Live entertainment including Māori and Pacific dance, guest artists, bands, and speakers sharing waka voyaging knowledge. Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council. This event is part of the ... Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 1:00pm - 28 Oct, 2019 5:00pm

Location: 137 Halsey Street, CBD, Auckland

Hangi Masters

A special culinary occasion with traditional Māori cuisine. - Hangi viewing is free. Food will be available to purchase. Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council. This event is part of the ... Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 12:00pm - 28 Oct, 2019 5:00pm

Location: Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour, CBD, Auckland

Te Whāinga: A Culture Lab on Civility

A world-class collective of local, national, and international artists, scholars, and cultural practitioners explore the term civility. Presented by Auckland War Memorial Museum/Tāmaki Paenga Hira and Smithsonian ... Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 12:00pm - 28 Oct, 2019 1:00pm

Location: Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, CBD, Auckland

Whakapapa - Identity

Read, view and listen to the stories of mana whenua in Tāmaki Makaurau. There are no bookings required; this is a free event. Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council. This event is part of ... Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 12:00pm - 28 Oct, 2019 5:00pm

Location: 137 Halsey Street, CBD, Auckland

My Kai My Heritage

Puna Kai is a collective of food trucks offering a unique menu of Polynesian and Māori food. - Te Wero Island, no bookings required, Food is available to purchase. - Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki ... Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 28 Oct, 2019 4:00pm

Location: Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour, CBD, Auckland

Visions of Voyages

See archival film footage of Pacific migration and waka building. No bookings required, free. Presented by Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Council. This event is part of the Tuia 250 Encounters ... Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 12:00pm - 28 Oct, 2019 5:00pm

Location: Corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, CBD, Auckland

Te Whāinga: A Culture Lab on Civility

In October 2019, the Auckland Museum and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will co-present Te Whāinga: A Culture Lab on Civility in Auckland. The immersive four-day festival (25-28 October) will feature a ... Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 12:00pm - 28 Oct, 2019 1:00pm

Location: Corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont Street, CBD, Auckland

NZ Boat-building Dynasties

Join us as we tell the story of the Logans and Baileys, two iconic New Zealand boat-building dynasties. Presented by Tino Rawa Trust. This event is part of the Tuia 250 Encounters programme. Read more

Date: 25 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 28 Oct, 2019 4:00pm

Location: Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour, CBD, Auckland

Fiordland Captain Cook/ Tuia250 Adventure

Join us on our History Adventure as we explore the remote fiord of Dusky Sound on board our 27m expedition vessel M.V. Flightless for a very special commemoration. This year marks the anniversary of the arrival of ... Read more

Date: 26 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 31 Oct, 2019 1:00pm

Location: SH 95, Te Anau, Fiordland

Tākiri - Tā moko, Whakairo and Māori Tapa

Tā moko, whakairo and Māori tapa artist demonstrations that showcase themes and artworks in Tākiri: An Unfurling. Presented by New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa. This event is part of the Tuia ... Read more

Date: 26 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 28 Oct, 2019 1:00pm

Location: Corner Quay & Hobson Streets, CBD, Auckland

Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour

Discover this pop-up exhibition around multiple perspectives of Tupaia’s life in Tahiti, on board the Endeavour and his arrival to Aotearoa. Presented by Auckland War Memorial Museum/ Tāmaki Paenga Hira and ... Read more

Date: 26 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 28 Oct, 2019 5:00pm

Location: Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour, CBD, Auckland

Tuia 250 Voyaging Education

Take part in a range of activities and presentations to learn about navigation and voyaging with ocean navigators and sailing crews from the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla. Presented by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture ... Read more

Date: 26 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 28 Oct, 2019 1:00pm

Location: Corner Quay & Hobson Streets, CBD, Auckland

Tuia 250 Voyage Flotilla - Open Vessel Tours

Take part in a range of activities and presentations to learn about navigation and voyaging with ocean navigators and sailing crews from the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla. Presented by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture ... Read more

Date: 26 Oct, 2019 10:00am - 28 Oct, 2019 1:00pm

Location: 143 Quay St, CBD, Auckland

Community Event / Mass Haka Pōwhiri

A haka pōwhiri for the flotilla will take place at the Hihiaua Cultural Centre on Nov 2. Waka haurua will line the estuary as a back-drop to the famous ‘Waka and Wave’ sculpture. The tangata whenua, and the Hihiaua ... Read more

Date: 2 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am

Location: 56-58 Herekino St, Whangarei

InnoNative Market: CANCELLED

The InnoNative Market is all about empowering independent indigenous people through entrepreneurship. The InnoNative Market will be offering plenty of products, services and entertainment. Come one come all, enjoy and ... Read more

Date: 2 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location: 197 Reyburn House Ln, Whangarei

Tuia Talks

Nau mai, haere mai ki te whakarongo ki ngā kōrero o ngā kaumoana o ngā kāhui waka. Come along and listen to the kōrero from our Rātā carvers who share their journey, their experiences and their craft as they ... Read more

Date: 2 Nov, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: 56-58 Herekino St, Whangarei

Rātā Waka Symposium Showcase

Rātā, Tai Tokerau will be highlighting the waka carving and building practices of the Pacific. The Rātā symposium includes practitioners from Hawaii, Tahiti and Aotearoa demonstrating their work as they transform ... Read more

Date: 2 Nov, 2019 1:00pm - 3 Nov, 2019 3:00pm

Location: 56-58 Herekino St, Whangarei

Pacific Voyaging Education and Stardome

Nau mai, haere mai ki te whakarongo ki ngā kōrero o ngā kaiwhakatere waka rātou ko ngā kaumoana o te kāhui waka o Tuia 250. Come along and learn about Pacific voyaging with experienced navigators and the crew ... Read more

Date: 2 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 3 Nov, 2019 3:00pm

Location: 185 Lower Dent St, Whangarei

Tuia 250 Open Vessels - Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Learn about celestial navigation and the amazing skill and innovation used by voyagers of the Pacific who found and settled Aotearoa many generations ago. Tahitian vessel Fa’afaite, and waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka ... Read more

Date: 3 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Port Road

Mercury Rising – Expert Speaker Roadshow

Come join us for our National Speaker Roadshow leading up to the transit of Mercury across the sun! Hear astronomy-based talks from Dr Rangi Matamua, Dr Nicholas Rattenbury, Dr Karen Pollard, and Dr Emma Bunce and, ... Read more

Date: 5 Nov, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 419 Great King Street, Dunedin, Otago

Mercury Rising – Expert Speaker Roadshow

Come join us for our national speaker roadshow leading up to the transit of Mercury across the sun! Hear astronomy-based talks from Dr Rangi Matamua, Dr Nicholas Rattenbury, Dr Karen Pollard, and Dr Emma Bunce and, ... Read more

Date: 6 Nov, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 234 Hereford St, Christchurch

Rātā Waka On Display

Rātā waka will be on display for the community to enjoy. Rātā waka carvers will be available to korero sharing their skills and journeys around the renaissance of this at risk artform. - Rāapa te 6 o ... Read more

Date: 6 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 10 Nov, 2019 3:00pm

Location: Cnr The Strand & Pitt Street, Russell, Bay of Islands

Celestial Navigation In the Stardome

Beneath the stunning Stardome, learn more about the practice of celestial navigation - the art and science of finding your way by the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Join the crews of Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Haunui waka ... Read more

Date: 6 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 7 Nov, 2019 3:00pm

Location: Church St, Russell, Bay of Islands

Mercury Rising – Expert Speaker Roadshow

Come join us for our National Speaker Roadshow leading up to the transit of Mercury across the sun! Hear astronomy-based talks from Dr Rangi Matamua, Dr Nicholas Rattenbury, Dr Karen Pollard, and Dr Emma Bunce and, ... Read more

Date: 7 Nov, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Kupe to Cook: Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough Tour

In keeping with our theme – Dual History, Shared Future – this unique tour will be a wonderful opportunity to hear two sides of the same story through the voices of reputable local Māori and Pākehā historians. ... Read more

Date: 7 Nov, 2019 8:00am - 9 Nov, 2019 5:00pm

Location: Queen Charlotte Sound, Sounds, Marlborough

Pōwhiri at Te Tii Marae/Waitangi

Nau mai, haere mai ki te pōwhiri ka tū ki te marae o Te Tii, Waitangi. Come to the pōwhiri at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi. Hear the kōrero (stories) about the poupou next to the Marae - Tou Rangatira. Learn about the ... Read more

Date: 8 Nov, 2019 9:30am - 2:00pm

Location: Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Mercury Rising – Expert Speaker Roadshow

Come join us for our National Speaker Roadshow leading up to the transit of Mercury across the sun! Hear astronomy-based talks from Dr Rangi Matamua, Dr Nicholas Rattenbury, Dr Karen Pollard, and Dr Emma Bunce and, ... Read more

Date: 8 Nov, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland

Whānau Day

Whānau Day at Waitangi Sports Field. E te whānau, nau mai, haere mai. Fun activities and entertainment for the whole whānau. Come one come all for an awesome day out! Whiringa-ā-rangi, Saturday 9th November ... Read more

Date: 9 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: 1 Tau Henare Drive, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Mercury Rising – Expert Speaker Roadshow

Come join us for our national speaker roadshow leading up to the transit of Mercury across the sun! Hear astronomy-based talks from Dr Rangi Matamua, Dr Nicholas Rattenbury, Dr Karen Pollard, and Dr Emma Bunce and, ... Read more

Date: 9 Nov, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 11 The Esplanade, Whitianga, The Coromandel

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia Mātauranga Education Programme, the free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. Visitors will take part in a journey of learning and storytelling that ... Read more

Date: 9 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: 1 Tau Henare Drive, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Celestial Navigation In the Stardome

Beneath the stunning Stardome, learn more about the practice of celestial navigation - the art and science of finding your way by the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Join the crews of Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Haunui waka ... Read more

Date: 9 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location: 1 Tau Henare Drive, Paihia, Bay of Islands

Tuia 250 Open Vessels - Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Get up close to the Tuia 250 Flotilla vessels – Learn about Pacific voyaging, navigation techniques and histories with the waka hourua Haunui, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Explore ... Read more

Date: 9 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 10 Nov, 2019 3:00pm

Location: Beechy Street

Tuia 250 Open Vessels - Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Get up close to the Tuia 250 Flotilla vessels – Learn about Pacific voyaging, navigation techniques and histories with the waka hourua Haunui, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Explore ... Read more

Date: 9 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 10 Nov, 2019 3:00pm

Location: Te Karuwha Parade

Mercury Rising – Transit Weekend

Join us outside the Mercury Bay Museum for a weekend of fun to celebrate the transit of Mercury! We’ll have Lab in a Box and the Otago Museum science communicators doing some hands-on experiments, activities, and ... Read more

Date: 9 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 11 Nov, 2019 5:00pm

Location: 11 The Esplanade, Whitianga, The Coromandel

Celestial Navigation In the Stardome

Beneath the stunning Stardome, learn more about the practice of celestial navigation - the art and science of finding your way by the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Join the crews of Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Haunui waka ... Read more

Date: 10 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location: 18 Beechy St, Opua, Bay of Islands

Mercury Rising – Stargazing Party

Mercury’s transit will already be in progress as the sun rises over Mercury Bay on 12 November, so we’re going to stay up all night to celebrate! Come to Marine Parade at Cook’s Beach for our Star-Gazing party ... Read more

Date: 11 Nov, 2019 10:00pm - 12 Nov, 2019 6:00am

Location: Marine Parade

Mercury Rising – Transit Viewing

As the sun comes up on 12 November we will be able to witness the end of Mercury’s transit across the sun. We’ll have 10 solar telescopes and experts to help you get a good view of Mercury transiting the sun and to ... Read more

Date: 12 Nov, 2019 6:00am - 8:00am

Location: Marine Parade

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 - 19 Jan, 2020 4:00pm

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

Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui - Pōwhiri Meretoto/Ship Cove

In November 2019, the Tuia 250 flotilla will arrive in Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound. The vessels include: - Two waka hourua (double-hulled canoes) - the Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti - The Fa’afaite i te ... Read more

Date: 21 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Queen Charlotte Sound, Sounds, Marlborough

Tōtaranui 250 Cruise

Celebrate this significant point in history and listen to the stories of Meretoto/Ship Cove and surrounding bays in Tōtaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound. Cruise from Picton up through the Queen Charlotte Sound to view ... Read more

Date: 21 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Cnr of London Quay & Wellington St, Picton, Marlborough

Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui - Welcome to Waitohi/Picton

A once-in-a-lifetime view when the Tuia 250 flotilla sails into Waitohi/Picton harbour. From 10am be part of Marlborough’s biggest ever welcome, as the flotilla arrives into Picton. Kapa haka and other community ... Read more

Date: 22 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm

Location: London Quay, Picton, Marlborough

Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui Meet, Explore, Eat, Live Music, Lights

Meet, explore, eat, live music & light installation. 10am-4pm: Explore the flotilla vessels, meet the crew. Experience the wonders of the Tuia Matauranga Roadshow, visit a star navigation dome, learn about ... Read more

Date: 23 Nov, 2019 9:00am - 11:00pm

Location: London Quay, Picton, Marlborough

Fly My Pretties Concert

New Zealand’s favourite collaborative group, Fly My Pretties will perform live in Picton as part of the Tuia 250 commemorations on November 23. Fly My Pretties cast includes: Barnaby Weir, Anna Coddington, A Girl ... Read more

Date: 23 Nov, 2019 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Location: London Quay, Picton, Marlborough

Kete Kai Street Market

Get your taste buds ready for the best of Marlborough kai, using fresh and local ingredients. There will be traditional Māori ingredients and dishes, alongside other cultures from around the region. Craft stalls ... Read more

Date: 23 Nov, 2019 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: London Quay, Picton, Marlborough

HERE: From Kupe to Cook

HERE marks 250 years since Captain Cook’s arrival in Aotearoa with an exploration of the voyagers who were first to come here—Maori, Polynesian and European navigators. Opening on 11 August and taking over four ... Read more

Date: 11 Aug, 2019 10:00am - 23 Nov, 2019 5:00pm

Location: Cnr Parumoana and Norrie St, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Totaranui 250 Celebrations Edwin Fox Ship Open Day: CANCELLED

Visit the Edwin Fox Ship and Visitor Centre and explore our 166 year old ship, imagine what life was like on board as you explore the decks and the depths. Discover this gem of international history if you have been ... Read more

Date: 23 Nov, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 1 Auckland St, Picton, Sounds, Marlborough

Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui - Dual Heritage / Shared Future

10am-4pm: Explore each of the five Tuia 250 flotilla vessels and meet the crews. Learn about migration, conservation, sail & rope handling, the lunar calendar, using a star compass. Discover the fascinating Tuia ... Read more

Date: 24 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 4:30pm

Location: London Quay, Picton, Marlborough

Tuia 250 ki Tōtaranui - Port Marlborough Schools’ Day

A day for Marlborough school students with a programme designed to follow up on the Tuia 250 curriculum including educational exhibits and activities and a chance to view the vessels and meet the crews. Note: There is ... Read more

Date: 25 Nov, 2019 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location: London Quay, Picton, Marlborough

Solander, Sparrman, and The Anthropocene

We are now into the fourth century after the birth of Linnaeus. Much of what he knew about the natural world he had learned from his traveling students, who in turn learned from places they traveled to and people they ... Read more

Date: 25 Nov, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: 55 Cable St, Wellington

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

Dawn Unveiling of Tauihu

Rangitāne o Wairau will unveil a large sculpture depicting the prow of the waka of Maui Te Waka a Maui. Tōhunga Hemi Te Peeti, who designed and carved the waka, will be present as well as the waka hourua crew. Karakia ... Read more

Date: 27 Nov, 2019 5:15am - 11:59pm

Location: Cnr Grove Road and Dillons Point Road

Tuia 250 Open Vessels - Explore the Tuia 250 Flotilla

Get up close to the Tuia 250 flotilla vessels – Learn about Pacific voyaging, navigation techniques and histories with the waka hourua Haunui, Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite. Explore ... Read more

Date: 1 Dec, 2019 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Wellington

Waka Whānau Day and Festivities

Explore the waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti and Tahitian va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite, and learn from the crew about voyaging during talks and activities. Discover the epic story of Polynesian migration and ... Read more

Date: 7 Dec, 2019 10:00am - 8 Dec, 2019 4:00pm

Location: Lyttelton Harbour

Tuia-mai-tawhiti Festival

A Waka Festival will be held to celebrate the arrival of the waka hourua to Mahia-mai-tawhiti. This grassroots festival celebrates our Pacific Voyaging traditions, the Moana, as well as showcasing local community ... Read more

Date: 15 Dec, 2019 8:00am - 11:59pm

Location: Pohutukawa Drive

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Partners

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

Communities

Whangaparaoa/Cape Runaway | Anaura Bay | Tūranga/Gisborne | Ūawa/Tolaga Bay | Whitianga/Mercury Bay | Maraetai | Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland

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

Contact the Tuia 250 team:
tuia250@mch.govt.nz
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