Vaka Aotearoa: Navigating the Pacific

Explore the culture, tools, and technology behind the great canoe voyages across the Pacific.

Education type

Education visit


Up to 60 minutes

Suitable for

ECE (3–5 years)

Next available



$3 per child (teachers and parent helpers go free)

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Guided by our educators, your early childhood group will:

  • explore the exhibition Tangata o le Moana: The story of Pacific people in New Zealand to learn about navigation, movement, and journeys

  • see the various vakaand wakaon display

  • contrast big and small things: the vast ocean and tiny islands, a waka tauaand models of vaka

  • discover what Pacific explorers used to navigate: tools, stars, animals, currents, islands

  • follow a trail through the exhibition, with tamariki taking turns as lead navigator.

Navigating the Pacific ECE visit, 2017. Te Papa

Navigating the Pacific ECE visit, 2017. Te Papa

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