Exciting new race – Abel Tasman water change

An exciting new date to put in your race diaries. See the info below from Callum and Bobby.

Tēnā koutou ngā karapu waka ama o te waka o Aoraki

Nau mai haere mai ki te whakataetae hou ko *AORERE SPLASH*

I would like to invite you to take part in the inaugural 52km Waka ama change race starting in the beautiful Kaiteretere, racing along the ancient Māori highway into the heart of Abel Tasman Park, then returning to Kaiteretere.

The race date has been set for Saturday March 18th 2023 8:00am start.

There will be a steerers and escort boat drivers briefing on the Friday evening at 6pm in Kaiteretere (venue to be confirmed). This will be mandatory for all teams.


(1) OC6 Women – 10 paddlers

(2) OC6 Men – 9 paddlers

(3) OC6 Mixed – Maximum of 5 men 10 paddlers

We will be also offering a shorter race starting at the same time as the 52km race this will be 32km.

Entry is available for clubs in Te Waka o Aoraki / South Island only.  Full details including a list of escort boat drivers will be provided closer to the race date, as well as a Pānui in November.

Attached is a race intention form. If you are interested in racing, please complete the form and return via email.  

Accommodation in Kaiteretere is limited, there is still availability now, but it will not last long. 

We will provide an area to unload your waka on the Friday. Waka hire will also be available.

Feel free to contact me via this email address if you have any queries regarding this race.

Race fees will be $600 per team entered

 Mā te wā 

Callum O’Leary & Bobby Furby

Its never too early or too late to start paddling waka ama

We always welcome new members to the Maitahi Outrigger Canoe Club.
We have social and racing waka ama crews catering for a wide variety of ages and abilities.