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Ka mau te wehi (Awesome)

Brilliant experience. It was too cold and wet for us to be able to take the waka out. That didn't... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JamaicanKiwi
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Wellington, New Zealand
Excellent history and current info on Maori culture

We were in Wellington only for a few days, and this tour was one of the real highlights. We gained... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
theorynerd
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Montreal, Canada
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Wellington’s rich and diverse Māori history is uncovered with Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Waka (Canoe) and Māori Cultural Walking Tours. An indigenous Māori cultural experience provides visitors to Wellington and New Zealand with an authentic and unique opportunity to share in the rich culture and history of Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and the Te Ātiawa/Taranaki Whānui (tribe) Our Waka (canoe) and Māori Cultural Walking tours all start at the iconic building, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke (waka house). The building sits between Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, and is harbour frontage to the Te Aro Pā (settlement) one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington in its time. Its modern architecture contains distinct Māori cultural aspects and housed inside are three traditionally carved working waka, as well as a café and conferencing facilities. The waka are launched from our floating pontoon into the safety of Whairepo lagoon. With perfect weather conditions and at the discretion of the kaihautū (captain), the waka can travel out into the harbour.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2 Taranaki Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant experience. It was too cold and wet for us to be able to take the waka out. That didn't matter though, as the practice session inside was awesome. The team at Te Wharewaka o Poneke were so friendly, welcoming and patient, with so much...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Wellington only for a few days, and this tour was one of the real highlights. We gained an insider perspective on the history of Maori culture in the area, as well as the canoes and ocean travel, Maori language, the architecture of...More

Thank theorynerd
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Learned Maori culture greetings and history. Paddled in Maori canoe in harbor. Fun and very interesting two hour visit.

Thank Katherine H
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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

The people are so friendly and knowledgeable. We were there with a small group. They answered all our questions and treated us so nicely. A good way to begin a tour there

Thank Henry B
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

This was a really interesting tour given by a really knowledgeable tour guide. I was born and breed in Wellington and learned so much about the pre-settler history of the area. Would recommend for Wellingtonians and non-Wellingtonians alike for a better appreciation for some of...More

Thank Dondeloth
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

I am amazed, impressed and immensely grateful for the opportunity to experience this guided tour. The pre-colonial history of Wellington was brought vividly to life by our guide who made it interesting and informative, without overwhelming us with detail. He told a story which held...More

Thank DianeTotty
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Really interesting tour, first a talk about the waka, or boats, and the chance to ask questions. And then a walking tour, learning about New Zealand and Wellington Maori history and legends. A unique experience.

Thank nickifrances2018
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

As a Wellingtonian I still found I learnt a lot on this tour. The guide was engaging and interesting and I really enjoyed it despite bad weather. It would be fabulous on a good day walking around the waterfront.

Thank KHofdy
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We had an enlightening informational talk about the Maori history and traditions and a fun, fun, fun experience paddling a Maori war canoe!! I definitely recommend taking the time to do this tour!!

Thank Robert N
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

A group of us visited the centre from a cruise ship and had the most amazing time. The Waka tour gave us a good insight into Maori culture and hands on experience also with us paddling the canoe and following instructions given in Maori language....More

Thank Cathy E
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