Waka Abel Tasman


Waka (Māori canoe) are the living expression of our tūpuna (ancestors) who sailed the Pacific Ocean for thousands of years. As the only form of transport across oceans and waterways, waka were vital to our travel and trade. By paddling in our double-hulled (waka tuarua) or single-hulled outrigger canoes (waka ama), you share in New Zealand's treasured heritage. Waka is an inclusive experience where everyone can feel the joy of working as part of a team. We begin and end all our trips with a blessing (karakia) for protection. You will learn the etiquette (tikanga) associated with waka before becoming familiar with the boat and embarking on our journey (haerenga ). Come join us for a truly unique cultural experience that's suitable for all ages.


Sandy Bay Road
Kaiteriteri, Tasman Region 7197
New Zealand

You can find us at the Kaiteriteri Boat Ramp in the mornings. Or checkout the information board next to the boat ramp.

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  • Family Trips
  • Guided Tours
  • Cultural Experience



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