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“lee anne”(8 reviews)
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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
| Kaiteriteri Boat Ramp, Kaiteriteri 7197, New Zealand
+64 800 925 228
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I joined the morning paddle to Split Apple Rock but before getting on the water Lee-Anne greeted us with traditional Maori greeting and song, and taught us how to introduce ourselves in Maori. This set the scene for us and throughout the morning Lee-Anne explained...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took our whole family of three generations...ranging from 6 months to 64yrs and everyone absolutely loved it. A stunning, fun, and educational way to enjoy the Able Tasman thanks to the super friendly, knowledgable and humorous guides . The waka are so fast and...More

Thank Anna L
Reviewed 8 October 2018

We began the day with a gathering of travelers on the waka. Leanne the leader explained a lot about Maori culture, the tradition of waka as well as some history of kaiteriteri. The waka was a double hull 12 seater. The morning was absolutely incredible....More

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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Lee-Anne is such a lovely person and my 8-year old son and I enjoyed the trip on the Waka so much. The scenery is just beautiful and learning about the Maori culture makes this a very special adventure.

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Sunshine690320, Owner at Waka Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Tēnā koe Kirstin, let's paddle again when you bring you husband :)

Reviewed 7 October 2018

Our family of five had a great time on the waka. Our three, five and eight year old all enjoyed it. I liked the fact it was physical and included information on local Moari culture and language.

Thank Rachel C
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

When going to the Abel Tasman area we had initially planned to rent a kayak. However this was not allowed as our kids (aged 3 and 5) were too young. This ended up as great news cause we searched and found Waka Abel Tasman! We...More

Thank Compass311098
Reviewed 10 May 2018

Lee-Anne and the team created a fantastic experience for our group of approximately 30 adults. We had people from Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Colombia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Poland, not to mention several Kiwis. This was an excellent opportunity to enjoy traditional Maori culture with...More

Thank PomwiNZ
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Wonderful experience! Paddling in this Waka was amazing. And the whole experience was incredible. It's not only a great way to discover Abel Tasman and paddle in a beautiful Waka but also truly learn about Maori traditions and culture. We definitely recommend this tour. Thank...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

As a New Zealander who has been out of the country for nearly 40 years, I found the Waka experience to be both fun and enlightening. Bringing a friend with me from Canada, I was reintroduced to my country and culture in a new and...More

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Lee-Anne J, Owner at Waka Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Thank you Bronwyn

Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

This is a MUST DO FAMILY activity if visiting the Abel Tasman area. My husband & I along with our children 6 and 4 years of age had an amazing experience with other families from around the world. I enjoyed paddling & relaxing on the...More

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sarah g
12 March 2018|
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Response from syrahcharles | Reviewed this property |
HI Sarah, Can thoroughly recommended the Waka as it it is a unique way of seeing parts of and understanding the history of the Abel Tasman. You will have to leave Nelson as the AT and all its activities is about a one hour... More