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Māori Waka Journey

Deepen your connection to māori culture and our natural environment as you voyage across the enchanting Waikouaiti River in a modern waka and immerse yourself in the customs, stories and traditions of the past.

Experience how our people traversed the oceans on a waka to discover and call New Zealand home.

We'll paddle our way upriver, then spend some time on Ohinepouwera (the Spit), where we have developed a 200-year planting plan, replacing exotic species with native plants. As part of our coastal restoration program, you'll transport and plant native harakeke (flax) as we make our way through native bush to a hidden white sand beach. Here you’ll get to explore the South Pacific coastline by foot before paddling across the estuary to our home base.

Tour numbers are limited so that we can personalize your tour.
Tour start time is usually 10am. We will contact you immediately and offer a full refund or re-schedule if the time is later due to tides.


2 hours


Mobile ticket

  • What's included :
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Beverages
    • Local guide
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Snacks
    • Entry/Admission - Karitane Maori Tours
    What's excluded :
    • Transportation to/from attractions - contact us if you would like transport arranged
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Karitane Maori Tours, 128 Stornoway St, Karitane, Dunedin, Dunedin 9471 New Zealand

    At our office you'll be welcomed with a mihi whakatau which is an informal maori greeting.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Karitane Beach, 5 Sulisker St Karitane 9471, Dunedin New Zealand

    The river we sail on is estuarine and runs along the sand spit.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    128 Stornoway Street, Karitane 9471, New Zealand
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A small amount of walking is involved.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • We are wheelchair accessible but please advise before booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Karitane Maori Tours

Activity ID: V-101407P2

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