Maori Cultural Experience: Waka Sailing on Waitemata Harbour. When planning your trip to Auckland, did you think to add 'go on a voyage with Maori sailors' to the list? You can now with this 2-hour sailing cruise on a traditional double-hulled boat known as the waka. As you sail around Waitemata Harbour with an expert crew of Maori sailors, learn about Maori and Polynesian sailing traditions, boat building and the waka's epic journeys.

Maori Cultural Experience: Waka Sailing on Waitemata Harbour - Auckland, New Zealand

Maori
Duration:2 hours 30 minutes
Price: Starting from $150.00 per person
When planning your trip to Auckland, did you think to add 'go on a voyage with Maori sailors' to the list? You can now with this 2-hour sailing cruise on a traditional double-hulled boat known as the waka. As you sail around Waitemata Harbour with an expert crew of Maori sailors, learn about Maori and Polynesian sailing traditions, boat building and the waka's epic journeys.
When planning your trip to Auckland, did you think to add 'go on a voyage with Maori sailors' to the list? You can now with this 2-hour sailing cruise on a traditional double-hulled boat known as the waka. As you sail around Waitemata Harbour with an expert crew of Maori sailors, learn about Maori and Polynesian sailing traditions, boat building and the waka's epic journeys.

After a traditional Maori welcome on board the waka, the crew hoists the sails of the waka (boat) and you set off on the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour. As you cruise along in the traditional double-hulled boat, learn about the ancient traditions of Maori sailing, such as how to navigate by the stars and how the hoe (paddle) helps power the boat.

The Maori’s Polynesian ancestors originally arrived on numerous waka and founded communities all along the coast of New Zealand. Hear about complex rituals, customs, artistry and oral traditions of the Maori people during your 2-hour cruise.

Your captain also shares stories about the waka's recent journeys, including a 30,000-nautical mile (55,560-km) expedition around the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness of Polynesian voyaging traditions and ocean conservation.

A fascinating 2.5-hour sail and museum tour provides insight into how New Zealand’s maritime cultures have shaped the nation of today.

 

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