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 Tours

Whanau and waka

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.


School Groups

Our outdoor education experiences fit with the current school curriculum and provide empowering experiences for kids of all ages. Incorporating te ao Māori, history, team work and physical activity.



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. For teambuilding and empowering individuals within a team – waka is hard to beat.

star rating  Always a pleasure to be out on the water with you guys! Really enjoyed our paddle today, especially enjoyed Thomas's korero about the rohe. Knowledgeable and personable. My Mana Wāhine... read more

28 April, 2022

star rating  Our group of ladies absolutely loved this experience, Thomas was an excellent teacher and on the return trip we felt like pros (well nearly). Being out on the water was... read more

29 March, 2022

star rating  We had a magical morning on the water with Lee-Anne today. Our children are aged 7, 9 and 11 and had no problem paddling in the waka. Highlights included the... read more

17 January, 2022


Skilled cultural ocean navigators

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Large or small groups,
or individuals

Manaakitanga and safety is at our core

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).

"Manaaki moana, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua"

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

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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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