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About Waka Abel Tasman
Ideal for everyone including families with young children, paddle along the coast to Split Apple Rock – Toka Ngawha. It's an easy, two-hour return trip, and by the end you'll understand how empowering membership of a waka crew can be. Bookings are required and we offer discounts for groups.
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Explore the scenic coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park in a ‘waka’—a traditional Maori canoe. Escape the crowds as you paddle out to Split Apple Rock and immerse yourself in ancient Maori customs and traditions as you learn ‘karakia’ paddle commands and waka salutes. On arrival, enjoy morning tea on the beach and cool off with a swim, before setting on out the return journey.
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davidheather1 wrote a review May 2021
Marahau, New Zealand5 contributions
The Waka paddling experience is a must do. Todd & Lee Anna have a special ability to share Tikanga from both the customs, launauge and waka traditions and protocols. Amazing place to paddle, great company, very special experience
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Sam Cherry wrote a review Apr 2021
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We were blessed with excellent weather despite the forecasts telling it was meant to rain. We only decided to go the night before as our neighbours at the campground asked us to join them. We are so glad we said yes, Todd & Lee-Ann were amazing, all the fours kids on the waka had a brilliant time. We learnt a lot about the history of this beautiful part of NZ. It is a must-do for everyone! Todd & Lee-Ann - I hope you have a well-earned break with your whanau!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Nikki C wrote a review Apr 2021
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions
It was so beautiful out on the water and lots of fun. Cool blowing the Conch but it was quite hard. You learn slot about Maori language.
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Heather Kopua wrote a review Apr 2021
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Every part of this activity was special, well planned, presented with great humour & sensitivity from a deep knowledge & experience, sharing tikanga to many who had no prior understanding in a welcoming way, teaching paddling skills & providing historical pointers along the way, totally professional all round. Even the weather was exceptional!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from WakaLee-Anne, Owner at Waka Abel Tasman
Responded 10 Apr 2021
Kia ora! thank you so much for this thoughtful and well written review, we are deeply thankful. See you again sometime we hope. From the Waka Abel Tasman Whanau
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Jane B wrote a review Mar 2021
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Outstanding cultural adventure in a beautiful place. Lee-Ann and Todd gave us a warm welcome and a cultural experience. They were full of enthusiasm and knowledge and lead our trip with relaxed confidence. Highly recommended. Ngā mihi nui ki a kōrua.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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