Waka are a Maori canoe that were built and used by our tūpuna (ancestors) to sail the Pacific Ocean for thousands of years. Used for fishing and travel, waka’s were the only mode of transport across oceans and waterways so they were vital for travel and trade.
Waka Abel Tasman offer a unique expedition where you can experience what sailing in a waka is like. Share in New Zealand’s treasured heritage by paddling in a double-hulled (waka tuarua) or single-hulled outrigger canoe (waka ama). You’ll love the satisfaction and joy of getting the waka moving as everyone works as a team to move their vessel.