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Sail around Waitemata Harbour with an expert crew of Maori sailors on board a ‘waka,’ a traditional double-hulled canoe. Ply the waters in the tradition of Maori and other Polynesian navigators during the 2-hour journey as you learn about Maori boatbuilding and other seafaring customs, including the waka's epic journeys around the Pacific.


  • 2.5-hour Maori sailing experience on Waitemata Harbour
  • Sail aboard a traditional Maori double-hulled boat
  • Learn about Maori ship building and sailing traditions
  • Browse informative displays on maritime history at the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • Hear firsthand accounts of the waka's recent 18-month journey across the Pacific Ocean
  • Learn about traditional Maori and Polynesian cultures and New Zealand's maritime history
  • See landmarks such as Waitemata Harbour, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Harbour Bridge and more

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Maori Cultural Experience: Waka Sailing on Waitemata Harbour

Waka on Waitemata Harbour

This 2.5-hour Maori sailing experience aboard a waka includes a guided visit to the New Zealand Maritime Museum in Auckland. Meet your guide here to start your sailing adventure by traditional double-hulled canoe. Once the crew hoists the sails, set off into Waitemata Harbour.
As you sail, learn how Polynesian ancestors of the Maori people originally arrived to New Zealand (Aotearoa) shores in waka flotillas. Discover Maori sailing traditions, including star navigation and the use of the hoe (paddle) to power the boat. Your captain shares Maori customs and oral traditions as well as stories of the waka's voyages, including a 30,000-nautical-mile (55,560-km) expedition around the Pacific Ocean.

Customer Reviews

Wendy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great cruise, very different and informative. Wonderful experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very informative and fun, too !

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