After the success of initial voyages of the Hōkūle‘a from Hawaii to Tahiti and back in 1976, other Pacific voyages were undertaken. Members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society decided to test whether Polynesians could have sailed from East Polynesia to New Zealand and back. Their successful 1985–87 voyage proved that return voyaging was possible, but there is as yet no proof that the Polynesian settlers of New Zealand did actually return. What is known is that they sailed back as far as the Kermadec Islands.
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