The Tuia – Encounters 250 commemoration is a programme of events, education and over 50 projects enriching communities nationwide. It celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s Pacific voyaging heritage and acknowledges the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā in 1769–70. Use Tuia 250 as an opportunity to hold honest conversations about the past, the present and how we navigate our shared future together.
Follow the Tuia 250 Voyage
The central event is the Tuia 250 Voyage – a journey of national significance showcasing the Pacific, Māori and European voyaging that brought us together. A flotilla of waka hourua, va’a tipaerua and tall ships sails the coast from October to December 2019, landing at community events where you can visit the vessels. Use this interactive tracker to follow the flotilla.
Visit the vessels
Learn about Pacific, Māori and European sailing and navigation traditions with interactive activities, displays and guest speakers at these locations. The vessels in the flotilla will be open for you to go onboard. This schedule will be updated with any changes due to weather and sea conditions.
|Whangaparaoa / Cape Runaway||28 – 30 September|
|Anaura Bay||3 – 4 October|
|Tūranga / Gisborne||5 – 10/11 October|
|Ūawa / Tolaga Bay||12 – 13/16 October|
|Whitianga / Mercury Bay||18 – 21 October|
|Maraetai||22 – 24 October|
|Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland||25 – 28/29 October|
|Whangārei / Port Nikau||2 – 4 November|
|Pēwhairangi / Bay of Islands / Opua||8 – 11 November|
|Waitohi / Picton||21 – 26 November|
|Wairau Te Waiharakeke / Blenheim||26 – 28 November|
|Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington||30 November – 3 December|
|Whakaraupō / Lyttelton||6 – 10 December|
|Te Māhia||15 – 19 December|
Latest Tuia news
The first vessel in the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla has arrived after crossing the Pacific using the sun and moon to guide it.
Singer Ria Hall says that ‘it’s fitting to be performing at an event which commemorates our unique tales of arrival.’