Tara Returns – Sir Peter’s Ocean Legacy, Global and Local

Tara, formerly Sir Peter Blake’s vessel Seamaster, returns to New Zealand on Saturday July 1 for the first time since the death of the Kiwi yachtsman and environmentalist.  

The waka Aotearoa One will be part of the flotilla to welcome Tara on her arrival into Auckland. The public are invited to book a place on the waka to greet Tara. 
To book your place on this special sailing, click the Book Now button on this page. Select the July 1, 11.30am trip. 

While berthed in Auckland, the Tara Expeditions Foundation, Auckland Council and the Sir Peter Blake Trust, are inviting the public to an outdoor photo and video exhibition, with a focus on oceans. This can be viewed daily next to the Viaduct Events Centre in the Viaduct from July 1 - July 9.

Visitors and school groups will be able to explore the legendary schooner and talk to the crew about the science and life on board from Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July. Bookings are recommended and there is no charge.

As part of Tara’s visit, Auckland Council in partnership with Sir Peter Blake Trust is hosting an Auckland Conversations event on Wednesday 5 July. The theme is ocean leadership, and will include never seen before footage of Sir Peter Blake on Seamaster. The event will be held at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, where the boat will be berthed. To register for the Auckland Conversations click here.

The Maritime Museum's Blue Water Black Magic gallery serves as a tribute to Sir Peter Blake. The permanent exhibition celebrates his remarkable achievements, as well as paying tribute to New Zealand's world-renowned design and yachting prowess. Entry to the museum is free with your waka sailing ticket and free for Aucklanders.

Sir Peter called Seamaster an “extraordinary vessel, built to go anywhere there is 1.5 to 2 meters of water.” Sir Peter and his crew had started a five-year journey on Seamaster as part of blakexpeditions when he was killed in 2001. His mission was to visit ecologically sensitive parts of the planet  “to make a difference” with a focus on water.

Tara continues to focus on oceans, science and education. Since 2003 the schooner has travelled 350,000 kilometers across the world’s oceans. It has completed 10 expeditions to study and understand the impacts of climate and ecological changes on the ocean, with the current voyage focusing on coral reefs.

Shelley Campbell, CEO of the Sir Peter Blake Trust says “now more than ever, New Zealanders need to stand and take our place in the world as ocean leaders, who understand and protect our marine environment.”

“Our young people understand the important role our oceans play from mitigating climate change to providing us with food and recreation opportunities. They want to engage in science and conservation to ensure they are good Kaitiaki (guardians) who sustain these precious natural resources for future generations” says Campbell.


  • 18 June (estimated) - Tara arrives in Whangarei with Blake Tara Ambassadors on board
  • Saturday 1 July at midday - Tara arrives in Auckland to welcome flotilla
  • Sunday 2 July - Public boat tours start
  • Wednesday 5 July - Auckland Conversation Event at 5.30pm
  • Friday 7 July - Sir Peter Blake Trust Red Socks Day
  • Monday 3 to Friday 8 July - Leadership Week events around the country
  • Sunday 9 July - Tara departs Auckland



  • Residents of the Auckland region can visit the Maritime Museum galleries for free if they provide proof of address on arrival
  • Children: 5-14 years old (4 years and under are free)
  • Family Pass = 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email info@maritimemuseum.co.nz to reserve your place.