Explorers (junior)

Where can I find out about explorers?

Junior Primary

(Years 1-4)

Colour photo of a geological compass sitting open on a map.

Image: Stanley Compass -- 2010 -- 8 by Jaypee on Wikimedia Commons.

Entry last updated: 29/04/24


Explorers travel to new places to learn about the land and what lives and grows there. They are looking for new things that are different from other places they have been. They write about, draw pictures and make maps of these places to share with others when they get back home.

General websites

Here are some websites where you can find some more information about explorers.

Nelly in Aotearoa

This is a series of videos put together by the Ministry of Education. The look at different history topics.

  • Look down the page to Tangata whenua.

  • This video is about how tūpuna (ancestors) came to Aotearoa.

  • Select the video to watch it.

Britannica School Primary

Britannica School is one of the EPIC databases. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

  • Enter the word 'explorers' in the white search box.

  • Choose Explorers at a glance for a list of explorer's names and where they explored.

  • Or Exploration has facts about polar, undersea and space exploration.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6 pm Monday to Friday online.


This site has a range of articles, diagrams and images on history, biography, geography, science and sport. It's easy to read, interesting and also includes some educational games on these subjects.

  • Enter the word 'explorers' in the white and green search box.

  • Choose Explorers for kids from the list.

  • This page has information about lots of different explorers and why they like to explore new places.


See if your school or local library can help you find books on explorers.

Here are some to ask for:

SCIS no. 5463844

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