Waka Voyagers ‘Tairawhiti’ offer unique and unforgettable Maori sailing and cultural experiences. Get out on the water on the region’s own waka hourua – Tairawhiti – for a journey that spans millennia. Journey back to a time when Maori voyagers ruled the seas and experience first-hand the ancient wayfinding vessel that survived epic sea journeys. Our Waka Hourua follows great voyaging traditions, where storytellers share our authentic Polynesian waka. In a once-in-a-lifetime experience, discover how the historic waka of Te Tairawhiti were built and how our tipuna Paoa, Kiwa, Maia, Ruawharo journeyed from Hawaiki using the moon, stars, currents and birds to navigate through the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa. Get involved, “buddy up” with crew members to learn traditional sailing and wayfinding skills out in the bay. We’ll need all hands on deck to steer and sail our 22 m / 72 ft waka!
Experience our waka on the ocean – join us on board the Waka Hourua ‘Tairawhiti’ (historic canoe) for an experience like no other. Get involved, “buddy up” with crew members to learn traditional sailing and wayfinding skills out in the bay. We’ll need all hands on deck to steer and sail our 22 m / 72 ft waka!
Price: $75 per person
Tour Starts: All Day
Duration: 90 minutes
Enjoy epic stories of the region’s voyaging history and it’s Maori ancestors without leaving the harbour. Take a journey through time with our local storytellers while on board the waka.