Experience our waka on the ocean - join us on board the Waka Hourua ‘Tairāwhiti’, (Māori replica double hull canoe), for an experience like no other.

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

- Meet and greet with host
- Traditional Māori welcome
- “Buddy up” with a crew member, (optional)
- 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 whānau, (family)

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Business Hours:
Sailing Experiences run most Saturdays at 9.30am, (see website for confirmed dates). Weather permitting.

Months of Operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec


Proximity to town:
1.5km to Gisborne town centre

Proximity to airport:
5.8km to Gisborne Airport


Weather Considerations:
Sailing will be cancelled under bad weather conditions.


Minimum Age:

Activity Duration:
3 hours

Children between the ages of 5 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests are required to bring warm clothing, comfortable footwear, (no high heels), sun protection (sun hat, sunglasses).

Cancellation Policy:
Up to 48 hrs prior - no penalty
24 hrs prior - 50% charge
On the day - 100% charge will be incurred
Cancellation due to weather or illness may incur a cancellation fee (at operator discretion).
You can cancel your booking by emailing info@wakavoyagers.com, with ‘Cancellation’ and the date you have booked for in the subject line. Please provide us with as many details as possible in the body of your email so we can find your reservation on our system and organise the refund, if applicable.

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