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.

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 sites 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, roadshow trucks, a pop-up planetarium and guest speakers at most of 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 Runaway28 – 30 SeptemberSee events
Anaura Bay3 – 4 October
Tūranga / Gisborne5 – 10/11 OctoberSee events
Ūawa / Tolaga Bay12 – 13/16 OctoberSee events
Whitianga / Mercury Bay18 – 21 OctoberSee events
Maraetai22 – 24 October
Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland25 – 28/29 OctoberSee events
Whangārei / Port Nikau2 – 4 NovemberSee events
Pēwhairangi / Bay of Islands / Opua8 – 11 NovemberSee events
Waitohi / Picton21 – 26 NovemberSee events
Wairau Te Waiharakeke / Blenheim26 – 28 November
Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington30 November – 3 DecemberSee events
Whakaraupō / Lyttelton6 – 10 DecemberSee events
Te Māhia15 – 19 DecemberSee events

Tuia 250 news

Mahi tahi unites Tuia 250 flotilla

Mahi tahi unites Tuia 250 flotilla

The co-chair of Tuia 250 commemorations says there has been a huge amount of mahi tahi and sharing among the flotilla.
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Navigator applies way-finding to teach youth

Navigator applies way-finding to teach youth

The navigator on a Polynesian vaka currently making its way around Aotearoa/New Zealand is helping youth in her native Tahiti to re-learn the ways of the sea.
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Massey student wins UK scholarship

Massey student wins UK scholarship

Tapunga Nepe’s scholarship will enable him to go to the UK to identify and study Māori taonga in British institutions.
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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


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

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