Famous explorers

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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to the popular topic, famous explorers. SCIS 1698377

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries,  archives and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term Explorers

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


Pupils learn about the biography and life of various world explorers from Columbus to Neil Armstrong.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Famous Explorers

People throughout history have had the spirit of adventure and decide to explore the unknown. Some even risked their lives to be recognised by the world.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search terms famous explorers.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

NZ History

Early European exploration of New Zealand. Includes further links to a selection of other explorers.

Suggested level: intermediate

Te Ara

European discovery of New Zealand. Traces the early Pacific journey. Includes images and media.

Suggested level: upper primary, intermediate


Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers information on exploration, at junior and more advanced levels.  School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The great explorer, by Chris Judge, 2012 (picture book)
Sailing the unknown : around the world with Captain Cook, by Michael Rosen, 2012 (picture book)
We are not eaten by Yaks, by Johnny Duddle, 2011 (fiction book)


The Modern Explorers, Thames and Hudson. Youtube. 1:45