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.
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.
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.
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
LeeAnn gave us a fantastic experience. From the cultural aspect to the fun we had paddling. It was great to get our 9 year old out on the sea, he... read more
26 January, 2022
This was an absolute highlight for me, the knowledge shared by Thomas was so good and it was put across in such a great way. The paddling side was... read more
25 February, 2022
"We were blessed with excellent weather despite the forecasts telling it was meant to rain. We only decided to go the night before as our neighbours at the campground asked us to join them. We are so glad we said yes, Todd & Lee-Ann were amazing, all the fours kids on the waka had a brilliant time. We learnt a lot about the history of this beautiful part of NZ. It is a must-do for everyone! Todd & Lee-Ann - I hope you have a well-earned break with your whanau!"
Trip Advisor, May 2021
"The Waka paddling experience is a must do. Todd & Lee Anna have a special ability to share Tikanga from both the customs, launauge and waka traditions and protocols. Amazing place to paddle, great company, very special experience"
Trip Advisor, May 2021
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!