An active day out for your team from Kaiteriteri paddling in a waka, walking in Abel Tasman and sailing or boating back to Kaiteriteri.
Beginning at Kaiteriteri beach, you’ll receive a safety briefing and the trip a blessing (karakia) for protection. You will learn the etiquette (tikanga) associated with waka before becoming familiar with the boat and embarking on our journey (haerenga).
Waka (Māori canoes) are the living expression of a people who sailed the Pacific Ocean for thousands of years. As the only form of transport across oceans and waterways, waka were vital for travel and trade.
By paddling in the double-hulled (waka tuarua) or single-hulled outrigger canoes (waka ama), you share in New Zealand’s treasured heritage. Waka is an inclusive experience where everyone can feel the joy of working as part of a team.
On launching, you’ll paddle out of Kaiteriteri and head firstly to Fishermans Island, where you may be set a problem solving experience, before paddling up the Astrolabe Roadstead past Adele Island to Watering Cove on the Abel Tasman coastline. The paddle will take you between 1.5 & 2 hours. At Watering Cove you will meet our yacht, which will have bought paddlers to return the Waka to Kaiteriteri. The yacht will then motor around to meet us at Anchorage.
At Watering Cove another problem solving exercise awaits before you hike for 30 minutes over to Anchorage. You’ll have time to enjoy the beach at Anchorage before boarding the yacht for a buffet lunch.
After lunch there will be time for a sail (wind permitting) before we return to Kaiteriteri.