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Waka Abel Tasman

Kaiteriteri, New Zealand
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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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Debi J wrote a review Apr 2022
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Always a pleasure to be out on the water with you guys! Really enjoyed our paddle today, especially enjoyed Thomas's korero about the rohe. Knowledgeable and personable. My Mana Wāhine group loved it and some are talking about joining Sundays social paddles :)
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Kiwicraig78 wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom119 contributions64 helpful votes
Absolutely brilliant day! Highly, highly recommend Waka Abel Tasman for a fantastic and unique experience in a very beautiful part of the country. Our guide Thomas was fantastic, sharing fascinating stories about the landmarks we saw as well as teaching and encouraging adults and kids alike. Feeling the speed and power of the Waka gliding through the water when lots of paddlers in synch is a cool experience, and something different even for those who’ve done lots of kayaking etc. Terrific day, highly recommend
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Karin wrote a review Mar 2022
London, United Kingdom15 contributions6 helpful votes
This was a highlight of our time in Kaiteriteri! Thomas was a fantastic guide. A brilliant way to explore some of this beautiful area while getting some exercise and an education too!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from WakaLee-Anne, Owner at Waka Abel Tasman
Responded 3 Apr 2022
Kia ora Karin, Thanks so much for the review. I will make sure Thomas sees :)
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Linda H wrote a review Mar 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Our group of ladies absolutely loved this experience, Thomas was an excellent teacher and on the return trip we felt like pros (well nearly). Being out on the water was magical and so peaceful. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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josette w wrote a review Mar 2022
Papamoa, New Zealand9 contributions1 helpful vote
We did this trip with our family with little ones (a nearly 2 yr old and a 4 yr old). I was a bit nervous whether our very active boy (nearly 2) would be able to join on this trip. But after calling the office and discussing the situation with them, I felt confident to book this trip. We did not regret it! Thomas is a fantastic, knowledgeable guide both with regards to navigating on the water as well as teaching us things about Maori culture. It was a fantastic trip and would recommend even with kids that are this little. Thomas his Mana is impressive. One of the highlights of our stay in the region!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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