Tuia 250 ki Tūranga is about people and place, what brought us together, what challenges us still, and how we are weaving our differing cultures and values into a future we will be proud to leave for our grand-children.
Tuia 250 ki Tūranga actively explores the stories on land and at sea.
We will recognise and commemorate two extraordinary voyaging traditions and cultures –each with their legacies and technologies, opportunities and vulnerabilities.
But most importantly, Tuia 250 ki Tūranga will make room for conversations, some of them awkward, all of them vital to forging a shared future.
This month, take a break from the beach and dig a little deeper into the history of Tūranga.
Come aboard the historic MV Tākitimu with your guides Joe Martin and Nick Tupara.
Visit the spot where Cook first anchored the Endeavour, where Te Toka a Taiau once stood, and where those first exchanges between our two cultures took place.
This 90-minute excursion will take you out into the Bay where the team will share the 1,000-year history of Tūranganui a Kiwa.
Join us on board te Waka Hourua Tairāwhiti where our voyager and storyteller will share stories of the voyaging history of our ancestors.
On this in-berth experience, discover how Te Tairāwhiti's historic waka were built and how our tipuna Paoa, Kiwa, Maia, Ruawharo journeyed from Hawaiki using moon, stars, currents and birds to navigate through the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa.
We meet at the gate outside the Wine Center. Each tour is 1.5 hours in duration.
Health & Safety (there will be a briefing before the tour)
Note, the waka will be moored in her berth in the inner harbour – this is not a sailing excursion.