Tuia 250 Voyage Trainees

ABOUT THE Tuia 250 Trainee Programme

Tuia 250 Voyage Trainees will be sailing aboard waka hourua, va’a tipaerua, heritage and youth ships as part of the Tuia 250 Flotilla navigating New Zealand waters in October, November and December. 

450 free trainee berths were open to New Zealanders over 16, as well as secondary and Year 10 students nominated by their schools.

Applications have now closed.

You can still apply to be on a waiting list  for one of the voyage legs, which range from one day to two weeks, in this major national commemoration. No sailing experience is necessary – just a sense of adventure and a desire to take part in this unique opportunity. 

As the key event in the Tuia 250 commemoration, the Tuia 250 Flotilla will sail around the country with six core vessels: waka hourua Haunui and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti, va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite from Tahiti, and the tall ships HMB Endeavour replica from Sydney and the Spirit of New Zealand, as well as the youth ship R. Tucker Thompson. You have the opportunity in your application process to state your availability dates for the voyage legs and your vessel preference. 

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is funding the trainee berths. If your application is successful, you will need to make your own travel arrangements and meet the costs of getting to your departure point, and back home from your landing site. You will also need to cover any accommodation costs you may need on land before and after your voyage. We can offer advice about possible funding avenues if needed. Learn more in our FAQs.

Be inspired by the experience of a lifetime

Tuia 250 is also encouraging creative responses from trainees, which will be shared through Tuia 250 channels after the event.

Take a listen to the musical score developed by Maea Shepherd, inspired by her time as a trainee on a previous R. Tucker Thompson sailing.

Secure a berth on the HMB Endeavour replica

Paid berths are available on select voyage legs of the HMB Endeavour replica, which is joining the Tuia 250 Flotilla courtesy of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Find out more and register your interest here.