Such an immersive cultural experience. I received a Maori welcome and informative history of the beautifully presented wakas. My guide was Matt and he was wonderfully knowledgable and friendly. The view of Wellington from the harbour was the gorgeous! I would definitely recommend this as...More
Te Wharewaka o Poneke
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Wow what a great tour we loved every minute of it, starting with the walking tour and ending with the canoe paddle across Wellington harbour. Our guides were amazing, so knowledgeable. We learned to paddle while doing the Maori chant. This was the highlight of...More
We participated in a 2 hour guided tour. Our guide, Āriki, was highly knowledgeable and shared stories and knowledge with us generously, leaving space for questions as well. We learnt about the waka, the building itself, the history of the area and were told some...More
Kia ora Lyndle, Thank you for your feedback and wonderful korero, you are always welcome to visit our whare. As we say at Te Wharewaka, you arrive as strangers and leave as family. Ngā mihi nui. Te Wharewaka Tours.
Excellent walking tour - our guide Ariki was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She made us very welcome and answered our questions in a very generous manner. We got to understand many things about Maori history in Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the arrival of Europeans in...More
Kia ora e hoa, Thank you for your korero, it is always a pleasure to share the local stories and cultural history of the land. Ngā mihi nui. Te Wharewaka Tours.
This 2 hour walk was led by Tupara, a knowledgable and engaging young guide. He observed tikanga at the beginning and end of the walk, and was open to questions throughout. He outlined his own tribal affiliation, and shared both traditional oral history and known...More
This tour is a must for all visitors to Wellington. Ariki, our guide was wonderful, she took us through the history of Wellington and importantly the impact it had on the Maori people’s culture and way of life. We learnt about the magnificent canoes on...More
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
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
Learned Maori culture greetings and history. Paddled in Maori canoe in harbor. Fun and very interesting two hour visit.
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