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About Te Wharewaka o Poneke
Wellington’s best Māori experience on land and water Wellington’s rich and diverse Māori history is uncovered with Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Waka (Canoe) and Cultural Walking Tours. An indigenous Māori cultural experience provides visitors to Wellington and New Zealand with an authentic and unique opportunity to share our stories of Te Whanganui-ā-Tara (Wellington) from a Te Ātiawa/Taranaki Whānui (tribe) perspective.
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ymt888 wrote a review Mar 2020
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia1837 contributions477 helpful votes
We were taught how to introduce ourselves the Maori way. Great way to know each other in our group. We were also given safety briefing and tips on how to manage the canoe paddling. It was fun and the 15 minutes canoe ride around the lake was a great experience. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Navigator32792108311, Manager at Te Wharewaka o Poneke
Responded 14 Mar 2020
Kia ora Thank you for spending some time with us here at Te Raukura-Te Wharewaka o Poneke-it was a pleasure. Nga mihi Chris
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Mark wrote a review Mar 2020
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Wasn't sure about the tour, but I'm glad I was able to experience the history and culture of the Maori Waka tour. What an experience. I will not ever forget what I have learned and experienced. We had a small group and everyone had a great time. The instructors were professional and very dedicated. MUCH RESPECT.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Navigator32792108311, Manager at Te Wharewaka o Poneke
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Kia ora ano Thank you for your honest feedback which is much appreciated. So pleased your group enjoyed their experience. Nga mihi Chris
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Sharon Green wrote a review Jan 2020
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
What a perfect introduction to Wellington and Maori culture. Great experience out on the Waka and fortunately for us the weather was awesome which enhanced our experience. We joined another small group of 4 people to complete the 8 required. Staff were very welcoming and made the trip informative and fun (cute staff member called Lincoln-appreciated by my Daughter ha ha). Would highly reccommend to other visitors, I appreciate that bad weather may dapen your experience but still well worth the trip, thanks again to staff members for a great tour.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Navigator32792108311, Manager at Te Wharewaka o Poneke
Responded 30 Jan 2020
Kia ora Nga mihi - we appreciate your honest feedback and pleased you enjoyed your experience with us here at Te Wharewaka o Poneke. Until you return and on behalf of the team - ka kite ano! Chris
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oldermomma wrote a review Dec 2019
San Francisco, California105 contributions54 helpful votes
This was our first foray into learning about Maori culture. Staff is excellent. Got to learn about wakas and haka. A lovely way to start one's trip in New Zealand.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Navigator32792108311, Manager at Te Wharewaka o Poneke
Responded 22 Dec 2019
Kia ora Thank you for spending time with our team here at Te Wharewaka o Poneke. We are pleased you enjoyed your experience and wish you safe travels throughout Aotearoa. nga mihi Chris
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Manny B wrote a review Dec 2019
New York381 contributions156 helpful votes
This was a good Maori welcoming and an introduction to Maori customs, I was looking forward to going on the Waka (long canoe), however I was disappointed because it was too windy that day. So we simulated putting the oars in and out of the water on various Maori commands. This was not particularly interesting. So, if you don't have the opportunity to get into the water, I would not recommend. We enjoyed a light lunch next door.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Navigator32792108311, Manager at Te Wharewaka o Poneke
Responded 3 Dec 2019
Kia ora Thank you for being part of our tour and responding with honest feedback. Wellington is known as the ''Coolest Little Capital in the World' and extremely unfortunate that we have experienced very windy conditions over the last two weeks. High wind prevents our waka from going out on the water but our team is pleased you felt welcome and experienced the manaakitanga offered here at Te Raukura-Te Wharewaka o Poneke. Nga mihi Chris
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