The narrow islands of New Zealand did not appear on a world map until 1646, after Abel Tasman’s visit in 1642.
Part of story: Early mapping
Waka ama is the New Zealand term for the sport of outrigger canoeing. The name distinguishes an outrigger canoe from other types of waka (canoes).
Part of story: Waka ama – outrigger canoeing
In the winter of 1874, scientists on the Challenger expedition threw dredges over the side of the ship when it visited New Zealand waters, probing the
Part of story: Ocean currents and tides
Locations The richness of New Zealand’s underwater environment became apparent in the 1950s, as divers discovered locations such as the Poor Knights Islands and Hen and Chickens
Part of story: Diving and snorkelling
When exploring the natural world, people encountered plants and animals that became part of their culture.
Part of story: European discovery of plants and animals
Explorers When early Europeans set out to explore the land, they were mostly guided by Māori, along traditional pathways.
Part of story: Walking tracks
The beginning of offshore exploration By the early 1960s, changes in technology made it possible to explore for oil and gas in shallow offshore waters. After
Part of story: Oil and gas
The canoe (waka in Māori) traditions or stories describe the arrival in New Zealand of Māori ancestors from a place most often called Hawaiki. They also refer to the
Part of story: Canoe traditions