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About Te Wharewaka o Poneke
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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LowriMaiCooper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 575pamw
Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lyndle
Te_Wharewaka, Kaiarihi at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

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.

Reviewed 15 November 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Port_Anfield
Te_Wharewaka, Kaiarihi at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2018

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.

Reviewed 23 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EJC142TR
Reviewed 25 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank JamaicanKiwi
Reviewed 27 May 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank theorynerd
Reviewed 29 April 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Katherine H
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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