This gallery tells the pioneering stories of discovery, settlement and trade of New Zealand. 

Coastal Trade Gallery

Find out how coastal trade became the lifeline between New Zealand's many ports and harbours.

European Landfalls Gallery

Discover the stories of Dutch, English, French and Spanish explorers as they set sail to the far side of the world.

Canoe prow

Explore the Museum's world-class display of replica voyaging canoes and historical Maori objects.