A completely new way to experience Chistchurch's 180 year history.
Christchurch by Waka
Leaving from Margaret Mahy Playground, this 45 minute waka paddling experience is an amazing historical and cultural trip on Ōtākaro Avon River.
Experience the excitement of paddling a hand-crafted waka down the River Avon, and learn about the importance of the waka to Māori culture. Enjoy early stories of Canterbury's Ngāi Tahu iwi and the earliest European settlers, and the positive things they achieved building the city of Christchurch together.
This is not the first time waka have been seen on the Ōtākaro Avon River. Early Māori originally came to Aotearoa New Zealand by Waka. Then 180 years ago, waka were an important part of the early building of Christchurch, with Māori and early settlers transporting on, trading by and working along the Avon River together.
The construction of a new Māori cultural centre, Puari Village, based at 794 Colombo Street, is expected to be completed in 2022.
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
He waka eke noa
(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
For a great out of class learning experience. Minimum 20 pax.
Students must be at least Year 4 (7/8 years of age) to ensure a safe interactive experience.
& Conference Tours
We offer exclusive team building sessions at a time that suits your group. Minimum 12 pax.
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