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Waka On Avon River

Waka Paddle On The Avon River

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  • Paddle a Maori waka on the Avon River
  • 45 minute guided experience
  • Located in the Christchurch city centre
  • Learn about Maori history in the Canterbury Area
  • Available for groups of up to 24 people
  • Learn about the importance of the waka to Maori culture
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There’s no better way to experience Maori Culture firsthand than by joining a 45-minute waka paddle on the Avon River. Jump in a handcrafted waka and get settled in for a gentle cruise down the river to discover over 180 years of Maori history. Learn how the Canterbury Ngai Tahu iwi and early European settlers worked together to create the city that is now known as Christchurch.

The Avon River was a significant transport and trade route used in Christchurch's history. Listen to fascinating cultural stories, local legends and sneak in a little exercise during this transforming 45 minute Waka Paddle on the Avon River. Your Waka paddling experience will depart from Margaret Mahy Playground in Christchurch.


  • Waka history and significance
  • Learn to paddle
  • Local history and story telling
  • Life jackets available on request


  • Food and Beverage
  • No shuttle service


  • Journey down the Avon River and discover the legacy of Maori and early Settler interaction
  • Enjoy learning about the importance of the waka to Maori culture
  • Explore Chirstchurch by waka on the Avon River


  • This experience departs from Margaret Mahy playground in the Christchurch city centre

Additional Information

  • Due to health and safety risks we recommend that infants do not travel on this experience
  • Children (5-15yrs)

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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