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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

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
– 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 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:
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 –

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