Jump on board a waka hourua (double-hulled sailing canoe) and enjoy your own real life Waka Odyssey experience around Te Whanganui-A-Tara, Wellington Harbour.

Be among the lucky few Festival-goers to experience one of these mighty Pacific sailing waka in action. You’ll meet the fearless voyaging crew and hear tales of their exciting ocean-going adventures, and see the unique waka design up close, before setting sail on an adventure of your own across the harbour.

Enjoy the breathtaking sea views as you learn more about Pacific navigation from this passionate expert team. This is a strictly-limited, once-in-a-lifetime experience so book fast. 

Please note the following conditions of entry:

  • The minimum age allowed on board the waka is eight years old
  • Those under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult
  • Those with limited mobility will be assisted on board as the waka are unable to accommodate wheelchairs
  • There is limited space on the waka, so only essential belongings are allowed on board. Please arrive prepared with a small bag or keep your belongings on your person.
  • Safety briefings will be given on board, and passengers will be required to sign a waiver and abide by all instructions given by crew
  • Sailing conditions will vary due to the weather


Due to weather conditions, the harbour sails on Monday 26 February have been cancelled. Ticket holders are advised to contact Ticketmaster either by phoning 0800 120 071 or by emailing customer.help@ticketmaster.co.nz to move to an alternate sail time or request a refund. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Waka Harbour Sails are a Kupe Dreaming event and part of A Waka Odyssey, a celebration of our place in the Pacific that includes the spectacular KupeFestival Opening NightDownload the A Waka Odyssey flyer to plan your journey. 

Haere mai – Come on Board

Follow A Waka Odyssey online. Join our fleet of Pacific sailing waka and their heroic crew on an adventure of a lifetime, across the Pacific Ocean and around Aotearoa. Sign up for Festival email updates and become part of the story. 

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