New Zealand Explorers Scavenger Hunt WebQuest



Dive deep into this important part of New Zealand’s collective history with our New Zealand Explorers Scavenger Hunt WebQuest. Learn about Māui fishing up New Zealand, Pacific explorers such as Kupe, European explorers Tasman and Cook, the significance of navigator Tupaia, early meetings, violence and conflict between Māori and Europeans, and more. Great for exploring migration.

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This resource includes 15 topics that weave through Aotearoa exploration, and 20 interactive, higher-order thinking follow up tasks. Students hunt for information in the web links provided and use this information to complete the engaging puzzle activities.

Please note: Your students WILL need access to a digital device to be able to use this resource as this is a WebQuest activity. The research and information gathering portion of this activity can be completed in small groups if you only have access to a small number of devices. To download a QR code scanner for your digital device. click here.

Display the amazing completed puzzles and wow your school!

In this New Zealand Explorers Scavenger Hunt pack you will receive:

1. 15 Webquest cards including web links

  • Maui and the giant fish
  • Who was Kupe?
  • Waka Hourua
  • Polynesian Navigation
  • Who was Abel Tasman?
  • Who was Captain James Cook?
  • Captain Cook Diary Entry
  • Who was Tupaia?
  • The Endeavour
  • Meeting of Māori and Tasman
  • Meeting of Māori and Cook
  • Painted Hoe Article
  • Tuia 250 Commemorations
  • Celebration or Commemoration
  • Where do you come from?

2. 20 puzzle pieces (unique Higher Order Thinking Activities based on Blooms Taxonomy and including a range of reading comprehension and writing strategies). Large and small puzzle sizes are included.

Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies included:

  • Make Connections
  • Make Inferences
  • Find Specific Details
  • Organise Information
  • Ask and Answer Questions
  • Understand and Use Vocabulary
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Form an Opinion
  • Sequence
  • Summarise
  • Synthesise

3. Two pages of web links if you would prefer to use these instead of the QR codes.

4. Teacher Answer Key for applicable questions.

5. Two ‘Tips For Use’ pages with ways to use this resource in your classroom.

Aotearoa New Zealand Curriculum Links:

Year 4-6: Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and identity
  • Māori voyaging through the Pacific was deliberate and skilful and brought with it Pacific whakapapa and cultural identities. These identities were transformed over the centuries through adaptations to and relationships with the environment, and through the formation of hapū and iwi that eventually occupied Aotearoa New Zealand.
    • What stories do hapū and iwi tell about their whakapapa and their voyaging and exploration?

Year 4-6: Tūrangawaewae me te kaitiakitanga | Place and environment

  • People adapted their technologies and tools to the new environment of Aotearoa New Zealand.
    • How did mana whenua, early resource seekers, and settlers impact on the natural environment? How did mana whenua engage with early newcomers?


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