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Te Wharewaka o Pōneke!

Welcome to Te Wharewaka o Pōneke!

Waka Tours

Walking Tours

Cultural Engagement

Additional Offerings

Pounamu (Greenstone)

Exclusive to our Waka and Walking Tours is the opportunity for visitors to purchase pounamu (greenstone), not available to public. We offer unique raw pounamu as opposed to manufactured pounamu. Visitors hear the kōrero (story) of its significance, why it is a taonga (highly prized), why and how to gift them. All pounamu that is purchased are blessed and presented as part of the tour.

Kai (Food)

A great accompaniment to our tours is for visitors to enjoy a Māori inspired lunch or dinner at our onsite venue, Karaka Café. Try the café version of traditional Māori hangi with pork, kūmara, pumpkin, potato, watercress, pork jus, and with Māori rewena bread, and kawakawa tea, it’s a delicious and fabulous way to finish your meal.

Kapa Haka (Entertainment)

We have a kapa haka entertainment group that can provide kapa haka (traditional Māori dancing and singing) performances to welcome or farewell visitors to Wellington. Each performance can include waiata a ringa (action songs), poi, and haka (posture dance). Please ask us for more information on our kapa haka options.

What You Need To Know

Exclusive or private tours can be organised on request. All our walking tours are around 1km distance of Te Raukura and most of the walking is relatively flat with some small gradients. There are various resting spots along the way. All tours are wheelchair accessible. There are no age restrictions.

Comfortable footwear and clothing is recommended and layers are great in Wellington weather.

Talk to us if you require specific assistance. Our team are skilled in dealing with a range of disabilities.

There are no fitness requirements, you just need to be prepared to enjoy yourself.

Safety of Our Visitors

As a form of manaaki tangata, your safety and comfort is of the utmost importance and we have taken every care to ensure that our tours are safe.

Please advise our team of any medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate in tour activities. All staff are qualified first aiders and first aid kits are carried on all tours and situated onsite.

Our experienced team will guide all passengers through a safety briefing as part of the mihi whakatau (welcome). We strive to ensure our experiences are authentic therefore our team will provide guidance to ensure your safety from a cultural perspective.

How To Book Our Tours

To book a tour contact us at:
+64 4 801 7227

Bookings are confirmed upon payment.
Payments can be made by:
Direct debit
All major credit cards except American Express.
A 2.5% transaction fee may be charged when payments are made by credit card.

All prices are in NZD and are GST inclusive.
All tours are trade ready, please contact us for rates. Please enquire about public holiday availability.

Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation charges apply:

Within 8-14 days of tour: 30% forfeit of booking price.
Within 4-7 days of tour: 50% forfeit of booking price.

Within 3 days of tour: no refund.

You can transfer to your departure time 7 days prior to booked departure date providing space is available.