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Tuia 250

Spirit of New Zealand – Te Waka Herenga Tangata o Aotearoa will shortly join a flotilla of vessels as part of the Tuia 250 Commemorations. This epic voyage will see us travel the coast between Gisborne and Wellington with other vessels specially chosen for the commemoration.

The Trust’s mission - to empower a diverse range of young Kiwis to reach their full potential through the challenge of the sea – is closely aligned with one of the Tuia 250 kaupapa of a shared future through building mutual understanding and respect.

Earlier in the year, the call went out to schools and individuals around the country to go into a ballot to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ... all our places are now full and we also have quite a few school groups and individuals on a waiting list. Thank you all so much for your interest in joining us to be part of the commemorations.

Over the coming weeks, before we leave, we will be keeping everyone updated as we prepare the ship and meet some of those who will be joining us for each leg of the voyage. Stay tuned with what we're up to as we prepare via our Facebook & Instagram as well as the bigger Tuia 250 picture

Tell us about yourself

Have you received confirmation that you are coming with us? Great! We would love you tell us more about yourself, your school, where you come from & what you hope to get out of the Tuia 250 Voyage. We want to share these stories on our Facebook and Insta pages.

If you are leading a group, we'd love to hear from you too. To tell us more about the group, school and so on, we would also love to hear from you.


you can send your stories through to the marketing team at Spirit of Adventure.

Email the Marketing Team ›

Where is the Voyage going?

05 OCT 2019
09 OCT 2019
Mt Maunganui
#786T1 Mātātahi Voyage Leg

(16 to 18 yr olds)

10 OCT 2019
19 OCT 2019
Gisborne Whitianga #786T2 Mātāpakari Voyage Leg

(16 to 18 yr olds)

21 OCT 2019
25 OCT 2019
Whitianga Auckland #786T3 Mātāohi Voyage Leg

(14 to 15 yr olds)

28 OCT 2019
01 NOV 2019
Auckland Whangarei #786T4 Mātāohi Voyage Leg

(14 to 15 yr olds)

03 NOV 2019
08 NOV 2019
Whangarei Bay of Islands #786T5 Mātāohi Voyage Leg

(14 to 15 yr olds)

15 NOV 2019
23 NOV 2019
Mt Maunganui Picton #786T6 Mātāpakari Voyage Leg

(16 to 18 yr olds)

25 NOV 2019
01 DEC 2019
Picton Wellington #786T7 Mātāohi Voyage Leg

(14 to 15 yr olds)

Tuia Encounters 250

The Tuia 250 Voyage will take the form of a flotilla of vessels – waka hourua, va’a tipaerua, heritage vessels and their crews sailing to and engaging communities throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, between October and December 2019. The voyage flotilla will promote the exceptional feats of Pacific, Māori and European voyaging that brought us together, while providing an opportunity to reflect on our complex history of migration and settlement, and a platform for us to think about how we navigate the future together. For more information on other aspects of the Voyage and the Tuia 250 initiative visit the Tuia 250 Website .

What people say about their voyages

"When I got on board I felt shy and nervous. By the time I left, I felt excited and much more confident"

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