Waka and Walking Tours

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Wharewaka o Pōneke!

Welcome to Te Wharewaka o Pōneke!


Wellington’s rich and diverse Māori history is uncovered with Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Waka (Canoe) and Walking Tours.

An indigenous Māori cultural experience provides visitors to Wellington and New Zealand with an authentic and unique opportunity to share in the rich culture and history of Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) and the Te Ātiawa/Taranaki Whānui (tribe).

Our Waka (canoe) and Māori Cultural Walking tours all start at the iconic building, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke (waka house). The building sits between Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, and is harbour frontage to the Te Aro Pā (settlement) one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington in its time. Its modern architecture contains distinct Māori cultural aspects and housed inside are three traditionally carved working waka, as well as a café and conferencing facilities. The waka are launched from our floating pontoon into the safety of Whairepo lagoon. With perfect weather conditions and at the discretion of the kaihautū (captain), the waka can travel out into the harbour.

Here is a little video of us in action.

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Make the most of your visit to the 'Coolest Little Capital in the World'

For more information on how you can be part of our journey visit our booking page or contact us on email or phone (+64) 04 901 3333 to discuss your specific requirements.


Taupuruariki Brightwell
Tour Guide Administrator
Te Wharewaka o Pōneke
Phone: (+64) 04 901 3333
Email: admin@wellingtontours.maori.nz

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