Visitor and Corporate Experiences

Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust / Waka Experience

We are a registered charitable trust - not for profit all koha, donations, payments go back into the Trust to enable the Trust to be able to keep delivering environmental, health & cultural education programmes to the community.


Waka Experience offers visitors to Hawke’s Bay a unique cultural and sailing experience across the beautiful bay.
Our crew will take you sailing aboard Te Matau a Māui a traditional Polynesian sailing waka that has travelled through - out the Pacific.
Hear the story of Polynesian migration, local Māori legends, waiata (songs) and place names.
Learn how our ancestors navigated by the stars and how we continue this tradition today.  Listen to accounts of Te Matau a Māui’s epic voyages to distant Pacific Islands, or become part of the crew and help us sail the waka. Alternatively, you can just sit back, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the view.



Discover Hawke’s Bay aboard 'Te Matau a Māui'' our traditional Polynesian sailing waka that has travelled throughout the Pacific. Enjoy the hospitality and warmth of our crew as we share our passion for sailing with you.
Hear stories of Polynesian migration, local Māori history and legend, and listen to accounts of epic voyages. If you’re looking for some action you can help to sail the waka. Alternatively, sit back, breathe in and enjoy the views.   

Waka discovery includes:
•  Two-hour sailing 
•  Unique stories of local Māori history
•  Beautiful scenic views
•  Good photo opportunities

Group bookings of up to 25x people for bookings please contact: info@wakaexperience.co.nz


Experience ‘twilight' – Hawke’s Bay's best kept secret. Fall in love with The Bay as you watch day turn into night, and the stars begin to shine.  As we take you across Hawke Bay, enjoy delicious Māori inspired tasting dishes and listen to stories of Polynesian migration, local Māori history and Māori legend.
Our captain will talk about celestial navigation and the crews’ accounts of 'Te Matau a Māui' epic voyages to distant lands.    

Twilight sail includes:
•  Two-hour sailing
•  Celestial navigation presentation
•  Unique stories of local Māori history
•  Contemporary Māori cuisine if requested
•  Magnificent sunset views
•  Great photo opportunities.   


Whether you’re wanting to create a team-building opportunity, solve a communication issue within your group, or just get together for a fun day on board  'Te Matau a Māui'. We will tailor our programme to meet your organisation's specific needs.   

Corporate challenge includes:
•  Introduction to the basic priciples of tikanga (Māori culture)
•  Voyaging and teamwork presentation
•  Introductory sailing skills
•  Two-hour sailing 
•  Unique stories of local Māori history

Price quoted on request

For more information regarding packages and sailings please contact us here.
Sailings depart from the home of Te Matau a Māui West Quay Marina, West Quay, Ahuriri - Napier.

All sails weather dependant.