Vaka Aotearoa: Navigating the Pacific

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

  • Education type Education visit
  • Duration Up to 60 minutes
  • Suitable for ECE (3–5 years)
  • Next available Available
  • Cost $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 vakavaka Pacific vessel  and wakawaka Māori vessel  on display
  • contrast big and small things: the vast ocean and tiny islands, a waka tauawaka taua war canoe  and 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. 

Small child looks at a Pacific vaka

Little boy points to a model vaka in an exhibition


Navigating the Pacific ECE visit, 2017. Te Papa