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Ko Tāne Waka

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Discover the rich heritage of Ōtākaro Avon River on an unforgettable 45-minute waka cultural paddling experience...

Discover the rich heritage of Ōtākaro Avon River on an unforgettable 45-minute waka cultural paddling experience...

Highlights

  • Experience the team and skill building of paddling a hand-crafted waka
  • Gain insights into the significant role waka played in early Māori culture
  • Explore and enjoy beautiful views of Christchurch

Centuries ago, waka were important for Māori communities, aiding migration and settlement in the lush lands of Aotearoa New Zealand. Transport yourself back in time to the era of the great Māori explorers with our immersive Waka experience.

Ko Tāne’s one-hour guided waka paddling experience allows you to learn the history and tradition of Waka. It is the perfect way to experience and engage in both Māori culture and our city’s history.

Located in downtown Christchurch, on the sacred Ōtākaro Awa (Avon River); you will be officially greeted with a mihi (Māori greeting) and provided with an overview of your visit with us.

Once onboard our waka your Kaitahutū and Kaiārahi (guide and skipper) will share the scenery of the area and the history of our city’s 170-year journey.

Adult $65.00 (16+ years)
Child $35.00 (5 - 15 years)
Infant $0.00 (0-4 years)

Duration

  • Approx 1-hour

Location

  • 794 Colombo Street
  • Christchurch Central City
  • Christchurch 8011
  • New Zealand

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Summer Waka Departures: Daily 10.30am and 12.30pm

    There is a minimum of 6 customers to go ahead with this tour. If this isn't met, your tour may be cancelled.

    Important: Please contact Operator after booking to confirm booking.

    As per our health and safety regulations, all passengers are required to be capable of independently boarding, disembarking, and paddling without the need for assistance..

  • Children must be with an adult


Available Bookings from 14 Apr to 27 Apr 2024

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  • Adult$32.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.50
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$32.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.50
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$32.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.50
  • Infant Free

Bookings close in 11 hours...

  • Adult$32.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.50
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$32.50
  • Child$24.50
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$32.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.50
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$32.50 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$24.50
  • Infant Free

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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summerandwinter from New Zealand wrote on 17 February 2024

Summer

Very good way to learn about Maori culture, we hope that everyone will be enthusiastic to participate.

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Kim from New Zealand wrote on 31 January 2024

Amazing experience

Authentic, fun and interesting. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of the city and history with us. Arohanui

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Talita from New Zealand wrote on 22 January 2024

Amazing

Amazing

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Augusta Jones from Canada wrote on 21 February 2024

A short waka journey

Lovely people and it was interesting to learn some Te reo words and learn to paddle a waka. Downsides are that we didn’t go very far, didn’t spend much time on the water (the whole experience was less than an hour and about half was on land) and were only told a couple of things about the river. 2.5/5

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Dianne Dinsmore from New Zealand wrote on 31 December 2023

Really interesting tour

So much more interesting than punting on the avon. The guides were a lot of fun and we learned a bit about the unity of rowing a waka. Definitely recommend.

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