Waka Experience - Te Matau a Maui Voyaging Trust

 Enjoy the beauty of Hawke Bay, and the hospitality of our crew as they share stories of local Maori history and legend.

Waka Experience offers visitors to Hawke’s Bay a unique 2 hour cultural and sailing experience on board Te Matau a Māui a waka hourua – double hulled Polynesian designed sailing waka. While on board Te Matau a Māui you will enjoy scenic views of Hawke’s Bay and the hospitality of our crew as they share their passion for sailing with you. Listen to stories of Polynesian migration, local Māori history and Māori legend. 

Hear accounts of Te Matau a Māui epic voyages to distant Pacific Islands, or if you’re looking for some action learn a few basic sailing skills and help the crew sail the waka.  If you’re wanting to learn about celestial navigation or wish to try an array of delicious Māori fusion cuisine join our crew on a twilight sailing.

Waka Experience offers daytime and twilight sailing packages see our website www.wakaexperience.co.nz for more information. Our experience is suitable for all ages but we advise that children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. On our Twilight sailings tasting platters of Māori fusion cuisine will be served.  Catering can also be arranged on day time sailings.



Two-hour excursion with contemporary Maori food included.

Adults $180

Child   $70

Opening Times

Summer Sailing Dates
Three sailings each day departing at 10:00am, 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Friday, 10 November
Friday, 17 November
Friday, 24 November
Friday, 8 December
Friday 15 December
Tuesday, 9 January
Friday, 12 January
Tuesday, 16 January
Friday, 19 January

Call Us

P +64 6 870 1627


West Quay

Ahuriri Marina



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