Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Education & Tours
Wellington’s best Māori experience
Wellington’s rich and diverse Māori history is uncovered with Te Wharewaka o Pōneke Cultural Education kaupapa, Walking Tours, Waka Tours (Canoe) and Cultural Engagement.
An indigenous Māori cultural experience provides visitors to Wellington and New Zealand
with an authentic and unique opportunity to share our stories of Te Whanganui-ā-Tara (Wellington)
from a Te Ātiawa/Taranaki Whānui (tribe) perspective.
Book your tour today
Book one of our unique and enchanting tours that offers you an insight into our cultural history at the iconic Te Raukura, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke. Our building sits between Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum and the waterfront.
Our friendly experienced guides will take you through everything you need to know to become kaihoe (paddlers), teaching you the basic commands and chants, haka and salutes in preparation for your once in a lifetime memorable waka experience paddling on one of our traditionally carved waka.
If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground take one of our cultural walking tours and discover the layers of Māori history right here in the ‘Coolest little Capital in the World’.
Wellington’s best Māori experience on land and water
Te Wharewaka o Pōneke offers you a chance to experience Māori culture right here in Wellington’s Central Business District. Located on Wellington Waterfront why not visit us and venture out on our waka (canoe) or take a cultural walking tour before enjoying Māori cuisine available at Karaka Café.