The world’s first seafarers set off from South-East Asia, sailing into the Pacific on simple rafts.
Part of story: Pacific migrations
Many of those who first arrived on the Te Arawa canoe became great explorers, founding tribal groups across the North Island’s dramatic geothermal zone.
Part of story: Te Arawa
The ‘frozen continent’ of Antarctica has long fascinated New Zealanders.
Part of story: Antarctica and New Zealand
Important events and people have often been honoured and remembered in monuments and memorials.
Part of story: Memorials and monuments
By the time Ngāi Tahu had arrived, the South Island’s natural phenomena had been classified and consecrated as ancestors by the Waitaha people. Through this sacred practice
Part of story: Ngāi Tahu
The method of genealogical dating involves counting back through the generations of Māori to the arrival of their ancestors in tribal canoes.
Part of story: When was New Zealand first settled?
Along New Zealand’s coast, with its exposed cliffs, windswept dunes and tidal rock pools, a highly specialised group of plants and animals have made their home.
Part of story: Coastal shoreline
Where the land meets the sea, it doesn’t end there. In the deep, dark world beneath the oceans, there are mountains, valleys, plateaus and volcanoes.
Part of story: Charting the sea floor
Māori sexuality on European arrival