We had a fantastic inaugural Bay of Islands Waka Festival in 2017. TV 1 Breakfast show came to feature the festival live on the breakfast show 


2018 and 2019 the numbers swelled and it became an event on the paddlers calendar, with people enquiring from overseas for 2020 and 2021 – however due to Covid restrictions both these years had to be postponed.

This event is not so much about the marketing and promotion– we do that through Waka Ama NZ as this is the go-to site for all competitors/paddlers.


Creating a seamless event

From the many Health and Safety procedures, marketing, sponsorship, and designing of the racecourse and operational elements, through to cultural aspects such as the powhiri at the local marae, and a whakatau, mihi, and karakia on the morning of the event acknowledging the local iwi and whenua, and beautifully hand-carved blessed taonga.


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