Our whānau (family)

Our family loves waka, the outdoors, tikanga Māori (correct Māori etiquette) and sharing these things with others. Our community is at the heart of what we do and we are passionate about uplifting rangatahi (young people) and supporting healthy lifestyles.

Todd (Ngāti Raukawa) enjoys training rangatahi for waka ama competitions and Lee-Anne (Ngāti Māhuta, Ngāti Pou, Ngāti Raukawa) does a lot of work with waka and local community groups.  We invite you to join us and help us to help support our community's growth and empowerment.

—Lee-Anne and Todd Jago, with daughters Awatea and Aria

Let's get ready!

Treat yourself and your family or friends 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!


Caring for people

Manaaki tangata

Your safety comes first

Waka Abel Tasman was the first New Zealand waka business to be externally audited under Adventure Act regulations and is a certified adventure company. We put a very high value on safety. With over 40 years' combined experience in the adventure tourism industry, you know you're in good hands.

Before each departure, we will brief you on basic water safety and paddle instruction, and provide ongoing care throughout your trip.

About your hosts

Todd has competed in waka ama at both national and international levels and was a member of the team that took gold at the IVF Va'a World Sprint Championships in May 2016. He is a technical expert in the Adventure Tourism industry.

Lee-Anne has 20 years' experience in guiding, instructing and managing adventure tourism enterprises and has also competed in waka ama at both national and international levels.

What to bring for your waka experience

  • Shorts
  • Quick dry top and/or thermal top
  • Warm fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Water shoes or barefeet is fine
  • Water
  • Sunblock
  • Sun hat, sunglasses


What people say


Manaaki moana, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua

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