Waka Sailing Experience

Get involved, “buddy up” with crew members to learn traditional sailing and way finding skills out in the bay. We’ll need all hands on deck to steer and sail our 22m/72ft waka!

  • Meet and greet with host.
  • Traditional Māori welcome.
  • “Buddy up” with a crew member.
  • Head out on the bay for a sail on the waka.
  • Learn how to man the “hoe” steering paddle, hoist the sails and tack!
  • Stories of the region’s voyaging history and its Māori ancestors, as told by our local storyteller.
  • Question time before you depart the waka as a member of our whanau (family).

Price: $75 per person.

Operating hours: Sailing Experiences run for 3 hours most Saturdays at 9.30am (see website for confirmed dates). Weather permitting.

Months of operation: December, January, February, March, April. Only 15 tickets available per session!

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About Waka Voyagers Tairāwhiti

Our Waka Hourua ‘Tairāwhiti’ is named after the Tairawhiti Gisborne/East Coast area - the coast where the sun shines. ‘Tairāwhiti’ follows great voyaging traditions, providing an opportunity for cultural and sailing experiences where storytellers share our authentic Polynesian waka with the public. It’s also used as an alternative educational platform as a floating classroom for the benefit of school pupils in the region.

So haere mai, welcome aboard the Waka Hourua for a journey that spans millennia, from canoes carved by the ancestors using stone age tools and the great trees provided by Tane Mahuta (God of the Forest) - sailed by man to discover and settle the Islands of the Pacific Ocean, to the fibreglass hulled vessel we berth today – powered by coconut oil!