Code Tupaia’s journey to Aotearoa

Our last post was about Tupaia and his travels from Ra’iātea to Aotearoa on James Cook’s ship the Endeavour. Today our digital activity is to code Tupaia’s journey using Scratch. Scratch is a free block-coding programme where you can create animations and games and share them with others around the world.

For your animation you will need to know that the Endeavour travelled from Ra’iātea in French Polynesia to New Zealand. Here are some resources to help you get started:

    1. A map of the Pacific for the backdrop: Right click on this image and select ‘save as’.If you wish to you could create or find you own image but make sure you are allowed to reuse an image you find online.


    1. A ship to use as sprite in your animation: Repeat the process from above to download the ship image or create your own using a program like Paint 3D (if you are using Windows10) or Autodraw.


    1. Log into your Scratch account at If you haven’t used Scratch for a while, it would be a good idea to spend some time having a tutu to remind yourself of what you know.


    1. Follow this link to a Scratch tutorial for a similar journey. Watch it and then create your animation showing Tupaia’s journey. Your finished animation might look a little like this:

Feel free to share your finished Scratch animations, we would love to feature some of them here on the blog! Just email us education.

Image Sources:

    1. Physical map of Australia,
    2. Classical Retro Ship,