School kids paddling to shore at Kaiteriteri

Waka Abel Tasman

Connect. Experience. Explore.

To travel across water is to connect across time and space. We feel the motion and te mauri o te wai, just as our tūpuna did. To do it in a group, connects you in a way nothing else does.
Nau mai ki Kaiteriteri.
Welcome to Kaiteriteri.

Our Waka Tours

Waka Family Tours, Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman National Park

Public Trips

Embrace the spirit of adventure. At Waka Abel Tasman, we take you or your group on a journey of discovery – combining idyllic surrounds, exercise, history and tradition. Our tours will connect and empower.
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School Groups

Our outdoor education experiences fit with the current school curriculum and provide empowering experiences for kids of all ages. The trips incorporate te ao Māori, history, team work and physical activity.
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Group waka tour to Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri

Corporate Teams

To travel across water is to connect across time and space. To do it as a group, connects you in a way nothing else does. Waka is hard to beat for teambuilding and for empowering individuals within a team or group.
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What people are saying about our tours

star rating  An amazing cultural experience for our students. The Waka Abel Tasman crew were extremely organised and easy to deal with. Would highly recommend to any school group considering using them.

V1856URjoek
21 September, 2022

star rating  Our guide was incredible, she shared so much great cultural knowledge which my family greatly appreciated. Learning some language and culture of paddling was my favorite part. I would recommend... read more

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23 December, 2022

star rating  Waka padling in Kaitiriteri is such an amazing experience. We were a family of four and enjoyed the beutiful place - but most of all the company. Really friendly people.... read more

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1 January, 2023

"Manaaki moana, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua"

Care for the sea, care for the people, move forward as one

Why us

Waka - a truly unique experience

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 waka hourua (double-hulled vessel) you share in our treasured ocean 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 karakia (blessing) for protection. You will learn tikanga (etiquette) associated with waka before becoming familiar with the boat and embarking on our haerenga (journey).
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Skilled cultural ocean navigators

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#1 Rated on TripAdvisor

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Large or small groups,
or individuals

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Manaakitanga and safety is at our core

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Treat you and your whānau to a new adventure that's as old as civilisation itself. Feel the breeze on your face, the drag of the water against your paddle and the hugely rewarding sense of working together as one. Paddling waka connects you to a rich cultural heritage but it's also great fun. Prepare to get hooked!

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