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Culture May 26, 2017


For a limited time during autumn and winter 2017, the New Zealand Maritime Museum is offering a unique sailing experience on the waka Aotearoa One.


Climb aboard this special vessel for a one-hour sailing trip out on the Waitemata (Auckland) Harbour while learning about traditional Maori and Polynesian culture and sailing methods.


Aotearoa One is a contemporary version of a traditional waka and was created with Maori and Polynesian ideas and techniques. The waka was designed by Sir Tom Davis and built from kauri over 18 months by Te Wananga o Aotearoa at their Mangere Campus in Auckland. It was launched in 2003.



The museum’s life-long learning manager Karen Walters says having the waka available is an amazing and unique experience for visitors.


“Our museum is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Te Toki Voyaging Trust to reconnect people with the incredible story of our Pacific explorers, past and present, through waka hourua sailing experiences on the Waitemata.”


The waka was named Aotearoa One, with the one being in English to include all the peoples of Aotearoa including those not Maori, by Rongo Wetere, the CEO of Te Wananga o Aotearoa at the time. The lines on the waka were drawn by Papa Tom Davis and the hulls are a mixture of Tahitian Pahi, and Samoan Va’atele. The sails are a mixture of Cook Island and Marquesan influences. Multiple masts where used to keep the sail size down and easily handled. Aotearoa One is a 28-tonne vessel with a length of 24 metres.


The waka has served as a coastal sailing vessel training rangatahi (youth) and conducting marine science experiments and research.


Aotearoa One is available for sailings at the museum for a limited time until 1 August.


New Zealand Maritime Museum

09 373 0800 | | Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour , Auckland

Opening hours: 10am – 5pm every day (last entry 4pm)


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