Christchurch by Waka
Waka on the Avon River is not something new. It's how our forefathers built Christchurch. From early beginnings, Māori and early Settlers worked together to build Christchurch by transporting bricks onto waka from the corner of Barbadoes Street to Deans house. This was one of the first buildings constructed in Christchurch through good will and coexistence of our two cultures.
180 years later and Waka are back on the Avon. This time for the enjoyment and sharing of our great history and our two people’s journey together to build our phenomenal and resilient city.
Learn and hear the stories of our city’s history and our early landmarks that have shaped our city's destiny.
Storytelling of our city's early beginnings while floating on the gentle waters down the Avon river is something many of us Cantabrians have yet to try, it is a totally new way to see and experience our great city, everyone is welcome to experience our city’s newest local attraction.
Spring / Summer
December 15 to February 4
11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Autumn / Winter
February 13 to October 30
12.30 pm – 4.15 pm
Closed public holidays.
Open school holidays.
Open on request for groups of 10+ adults, or group sessions below
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(children must be with an adult)
UNDER 5 YEARS
5 TO 15 YEARS
16 YEARS AND OVER
(any 4 family members)
ADD ON PERSON TO FAMILY PASS FOR $10
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Book one or both waka for your group
School Trips & Educational Tours
Waka on Avon is a great out of class learning experience. Educational sessions are available for a minimum of 12 pax.
Students must be at least Year 4 (7/8 years of age) to ensure a safe interactive experience.
& Conference Tours
We offer 2 hour sessions or half day team building sessions (lunches and menu on request) minimum 12 pax.
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