Pacific Explorers

Investigate Pacific migration, navigation, and voyaging vessels by exploring our Pacific exhibitions. Get hands-on by trying virtual reality and 3D modelling.

Learning areas and strands

Social Sciences, Science, Technology, Pacific Studies

Education type

Education visit


2 hours

Suitable for

Years 4–10


$6.50 per student (free for teachers and parent helpers)

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During the session your students will:

  • Explore our exhibition Tangata o le Moana: The Story of Pacific People in New Zealand

  • Understand that Pasifika peoples have been Masters of design, construction, navigation, astronomy, meteorology, and marine science for thousands of years

  • Understand that to migrate to a new island takes planning and preparation and Pacific explorers took everything that was precious to them on their journeys

  • Appreciate that innovation is continuous and how new tools and materials create opportunities and challenges for design and manufacture

  • Practice 3D design skills using Tinkercad to manipulate, transform and arrange 3D shapes to create their own double-hulled sailing vessel inspired by Pacific vaka in the exhibition.

AR vaka (canoe) created by school student using Tinkercad. Photo by Donald James. Te Papa

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