Aotearoa Waka Experience offers visitors to Rotorua a unique cultural and paddling experience across the many awa and moana of our rohe.


Memories that will last a Lifetime through experiencing Maori Culture

Explore and discover the region’s beautiful Moana (lakes) and Awa (rivers) aboard either Kahukura and Tieke, our specially designed 24 seat ‘waka tangata’ (people’s canoe) which have travelled throughout the rohe (surrounding areas) for many years.

Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of our crew as we share our passion for:

  • Paddling experience in a Maori waka.
  • Listen to the fascinating stories of Polynesian migration
  • Māori Legends and local history.
  • Waiata (songs),
  • Waka chants and salutes.

Join us and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Quality Range of Adventures

We offer a range of packages, including the following:

  • Two-hour journey through to a four-hour experience for the more adventurous paddlers.
  • Visitor wanting the complete cultural package, try our Noho Marae stay package (Booking essential).
  • Packages can be tailored for corporate or educational requirements.
  • Accommodation and Other Activity Packages


Hamuranā is famous for its beautiful, crystal-clear, freshwater springs.  Part of the Hamuranā Recreation Reserve was once a pa site (village) and home to Ngāti Rangiwewehi who still live in the area. The waters of the springs are a wildlife sanctuary and play host to many bird species, including scaup and the endangered dabchick. 

This 800m track is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. An easy, streamside walk through a redwood grove with beautiful views throughout and extensive interpretation along the way.

You can see the source of the Hamuranā Springs’ crystal-clear water from a viewing platform just before you make a choice to either return on the same track or cross the footbridges, walking along the gravel track to the car park to make a circuit.

Hamurana Springs can be found on the northern shores of Lake Rotorua alongside Hamurana Road. The water is quite shallow, so this can be a safe spot for children to swim in. 

The public have access to BBQs, picnic tables, toilets facilities, a nearby playground, and also a boat ramp.