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 250 ki Tōtaranui - Welcome to Waitohi/Picton

This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Tuia 250 flotilla sail into Waitohi/Picton harbour joined by waka crewed by our local iwi. It will be visible from 10am. Join us in a huge community welcome to ... Read more

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

Location: London Quay, Picton, Marlborough

Tōtaranui 250 Flotilla

Depart Picton to join the Tuia 250 flotilla, make you way to the snout as we watch the Tuia 250 vessel approach. Join the flotilla and view the replica Endeavour as they make there way into Picton Harbour. This ... Read more

Date: 22 Nov, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Tuia Mātauranga Roadshow: Waitohi

The Tuia Mātauranga roadshow is coming to Waitohi – Picton. Come and take part in a visual and interactive experience that showcases the history and dual heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our travelling roadshow is ... Read more

Date: 23 Nov, 2019 10:00am - 25 Nov, 2019 4:00pm

Location: Wharf 5, Picton Marina, 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

Edwin Fox Open Day

Along side the 'Tuia 250 Marlborough Commemorations' we will be opening between 9 am and 6 pm at The Edwin Fox Museum, usual entry fee applies to the museum exhibition and ship, however we will be offering free access to ... Read more

Date: 23 Nov, 2019 9:00am - 6:00pm

Location: 1 Auckland St, Picton, Sounds, Marlborough

To Weave Or Not to Weave

Two forums offering dialogue and differing responses to the Tuia 250 Encounters commemorative events and exhibitions from artists, writers and academics from both a Tangata Whenua and Tauiwi perspective. The first ... Read more

Date: 23 Nov, 2019 12:00pm - 7 Dec, 2019 2:00pm

Location: 61-69 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington

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. Thanks to all ... 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

Panel Talk: The Politics of Collecting Plants

Hear botanists and researchers discuss the shifting politics of collecting and classifying plants, from both Māori and Pākehā perspectives. This event is part of the Tuia 250 Encounters programme. In 2019, Aotearoa ... Read more

Date: 28 Nov, 2019 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Location: 55 Cable Street, Wellington

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 - 3:00pm

Location: Wellington

Tuia 250 Mātauranga Roadshow

As part of the Tuia 250 Events, this free roadshow will provide an interactive and immersive experience suitable for all ages. The roadshow celebrates the expertise and knowledge of Pacific voyagers and navigators, and ... Read more

Date: 1 Dec, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin, Otago

Encounters & Exchanges Conference 2019

Conference a part of Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration The conference will be part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration. These mark the 250th anniversary of ... Read more

Date: 1 Dec, 2019 2:30pm - 3 Dec, 2019 10:30pm

Location: 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, Marlborough

Encounters & Exchanges

The Conference is a part of Tuia - Encounters 250 Commemoration. The conference will be part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration. These mark the 250th ... Read more

Date: 1 Dec, 2019 2:30pm - 3 Dec, 2019 10:00pm

Location: 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, Marlborough

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 Mātauranga Roadshow

The Tuia Mātauranga roadshow is coming to Te Whakaraupō - Lyttelton Harbour. Come and take part in a visual and interactive experience that showcases the history and dual heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand. Our ... Read more

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

Location: Harbour Whakaraupo, Lyttelton

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
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Communities

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

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