Te Wharewaka o Pōneke – Wharewaka Tours

Te Wharewaka o Pōneke – Wharewaka Tours

Tū tama roto, tū tama waho; To know oneself, is to know others.

Experience our people, places and stories: Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Wellington Heritage Week Waka experience will allow you to discover and connection. Learn more about Wellington’s rich Māori history through an interactive waka tour and storytelling.

You will be welcomed into Wharewaka with mihi whakatau (informal welcome), build connections with our crew and your fellow paddlers. Experience our people, places and stories through ‘Ngā Pou o Roto’ exhibition before learning how to paddle our waka and moving onto the water.

An experience not found in any other Capital City in the World.

Discover why Wellington is fast becoming a convergence point of traditional and contemporary biculturalism, pathing the way for future generations.

Tours also run on Saturday 24th October and Sunday 25th October

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Bookings Essential. Minimum 12 people per tour. Maximum 18 people per tour.

Location: Wharewaka o Pōneke 2 Taranaki St, Whairepo Lagoon Wellington Waterfront

Cost: $40 Adult $20 Youth *suitable for those aged 5+

Contact: admin@wellingtontours.maori.nz, 04 901 3333

Accessibility and Safety: As a form of manaaki tangata, your safety and comfort is of the utmost importance and we have taken every care to ensure that our tours are safe. Comfortable footwear and clothing is recommended and layers are great in Wellington weather.

Please advise our team of any medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate in tour activities. All staff are qualified first aiders and first aid kits are carried on all tours and situated onsite.

Our experienced team will guide all passengers through a safety briefing as part of the mihi whakatau (welcome). We strive to ensure our experiences are authentic therefore our team will provide guidance to ensure your safety from a cultural perspective.

Wharewaka Tours

Wellington’s rich and diverse Māori history is uncovered with Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Waka (Canoe) and Cultural Walking Tours. An indigenous Māori cultural experience provides visitors to Wellington and New Zealand with an authentic and unique opportunity to share our stories of Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington) from a Te Ātiawa/Taranaki Whānui (tribe) perspective.

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