Wairarapa and Wellington

Kupe According to the Te Āti Awa tribe, Kupe explored the entire west coast of the North Island, from Auckland to Cook Strait. Tribal traditions in the lower North Island say that

Part of story: Ngā waewae tapu – Māori exploration

Canoeing and rafting

As you meander downstream, the only sounds are the call of a tūī and the splash of the paddle. ... Canoeing can be an idyllic way to explore the wilderness at your own pace.

Part of story: Canoeing and rafting

Ngā tāone nui – Māori and the city

As soon as they got the chance, many Māori travelled by sailing ships and explored European life and technologies in Sydney and England.

Part of story: Ngā tāone nui – Māori and the city

Tūranganui-a-Kiwa tribes

Four tribes dominate the Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay) area on the East Coast of the North Island.

Part of story: Tūranganui-a-Kiwa tribes

Early visitors, 1769–1860

Importance of visitors’ views

Part of story: Visitors’ opinions about New Zealand

The Enderby settlement

Explorers The end of sealing left the subantarctic islands to the birds, who were disturbed only by occasional voyages of exploration and scientific observation from the northern hemisphere.

Part of story: Subantarctic islands

Thomas Brunner, Nelson and the West Coast

Land hunger In 1841 the New Zealand Company turned its attention to the north of the South Island, looking for sites for settlement. In October, William Wakefield led an advance

Part of story: European exploration


New Zealand’s fiords, in the south-west of the South Island, are unique. They are spectacular to look at – and they are host to a dazzling variety of animal life.

Part of story: Fiords

Origins of New Zealand popular music

Emerging from a nation of immigrants, New Zealand’s popular music has developed from outside influences. Music respects no borders, and popular music is rarely pure.

Part of story: Popular music

Uranium prospecting, 1956 onwards

Following Frederick Cassin and Charles Jacobsen’s find, prospectors began to search for the rock called Hawks Crag Breccia. In May 1956 prospectors employed by Buller Uranium,

Part of story: Radioactive minerals

Rock and mineral names

Observant naturalists and geologists exploring New Zealand have identified a number of unique or unusual rocks and minerals, often naming them after the place where they were found.

Part of story: Rock and mineral names

First peoples in Māori tradition

Among Māori tribes there are many oral traditions about ancient peoples and gods who inhabited New Zealand from the beginning of time.

Part of story: First peoples in Māori tradition