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Bay of Islands Waka Festival 2017 Waka Ama & Waka Tangata

Waitangi Holiday Park, 21 Tahuna Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands
  • Cost: Sat and Sunday - includes meal: $30.00, Saturday 8th only - includes meal: $15.00, Sunday 9th only - the long race – Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri: $25.00, Children: $5.00
  • 0211240382
  • blahblahmarketing.co.nz/events/

We welcome you to a festival of Waka involving Waka Ama and traditional Waka paddlers.
This is a 2-day event, with races for all ages – sprints, short distances and a long race. The base is Waitangi Holiday Park and wakas will be launching from Te Tii Beach Waitangi Bridge end.
Saturday 8th April
Programme:
– 8am to 9:15am – Registration/safety checks
– 9:30am – Karakia/Race Briefing
– 10am – Race Start – W1 and W2
– Team Race W1 and W2 divisions.
– Teams of 4 for the W2
– Teams of 2 for W1.
– There will be W1 rudder and rudderless divisions.
– The waka will complete 4 x 5km triangle circuits changing team members after a beach run up a chute on completion of each circuit.
– Starts will be staggered.
Afternoon Racing – Saturday
– Midday to 1:15pm – Registration/safety checks
– 1:30pm – Race Briefing
– 2pm – Race Start – W6
– W6 race – J16 and Midgets only
– J16 – is a 14km race around the islands inside of a line between Tapeka Point and Black Rocks.
– Midget – Under 12 will be an 8km race around the islands close to shore.
– 4pm Paddle to Haruru Falls for those interested, returning to Waitangi Holiday Park for Prize giving and meal. (High tide 5:34pm).
– 5:30pm – Prize giving
– 6pm – Meal
Sunday 9th April – Programme
– 8am to 9:15am – Registration/safety checks
– 9:30am – Karakia/Race Briefing
– 10am – Race Start for the long race – Te Taiawhio o Ipipiri
– 25.4 km (alternate course weather depending – 21.4km)
– W6 only
– A race out into the Bay, around Motuarohia (Roberton Island) to the Western Point of Moturua Island and back to Waitangi.
– W6 – Men, women’s, mixed and J19
– Stagger start. Women and mixed – 25min start ahead.
– Only J19 and older can be in this race
– Whilst this race is on Grid demonstration with Traditional Waka – Great viewing from the beach
– On arrival back to Waitangi Soup served!
– Approx 2pm – Prizegiving
Go to http://blahblahmarketing.co.nz/events/ for the panui detailing programme, course maps and registration details.
Waitangi’s most centrally located Holiday Park in the Bay of Islands. The campgrounds and caravan park is conveniently located a short flat walk along the Te Ti Bay shoreline to Paihia town and is central to all tourist attractions. Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Tii Beach and a boat ramp are adjacent to the Park. The campsite is large and flat, located on the banks of the Waitangi River and perfect for pitching a tent for a spot of camping or for those with a motorhome too, cabins available also.
– Safe Trailer storage
– Use of toilets and showers
– Camp Kitchen – Just need to know if you need access and you are not staying the night.
Want to stay the night?
Camping, Motel, apartment all options – Email us for accommodation details: info@blahblahmarketing.co.nz
For information on the whole event or how to be involved call Anika on 021 124 0382 or Steph on 021 122 9307 or email – info@blahblahmarketing.co.nz.

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