Waka racing is for everyone.
You do not need to be an experienced paddler, a super fit athlete or even be particularly competitive to get a huge amount of satisfaction and enjoyment from racing.
For many crews racing is often as much about the journey to the start line as what happens when you get there. Whether you are aiming for podium honours, getting fit, completing a distance or mainly enjoying the social side of the race meet, there is something for you.
Of course, if you are a super competitive paddler looking to go to the World Championships, we will also support you !
Club Waka Allocation
There are a few occasions, normally local races, where we have more crews requesting use of club waka than we can provide with our fleet of canoes.
For races where this is a possibility, we will publish a date for crews or individuals to register interest in using a club waka. This gives you a chance to get organised & train and gives us a chance to assess the level of demand. If you prefer a specific waka you can request one (though there is no guarantee you will get it !)
There will then be a later date where we will start accepting race entry payments. Club waka will ordinarily be allocated to the first crews to make their payments on, or after, that date. This does not preclude late entries, but it makes it less likely that you will be able to get a specific club waka. The process will be open and transparent and we hope you will bear with us as we refine it to make it as fair as possible.
Where we cannot satisfy the demand by club members for waka, the club will endeavour to access, hire and pay for other waka that might be available, at no additional cost to the crew.
We recognise that, for various reasons, crews sometimes contain non-club members. In those instances we will ask for a pro-rata payment to cover their portion of the hire. This may also apply to non-club members racing in club waka. At current hire rates this equates to $25 per paddler.
You can find a full description of the waka allocation policy here. Allocation of club waka for races
Waka Ama Events Calendar
W6 racing in beautiful Fjordland.October 23 at Lake Te Anau
The biggest annual race on the South IslandNovember 12 - November 13 at Kaiteretere
South Island qualifying for Sprint NationalsDecember 11 at Lake Pegasus
The biggest event on the waka ama calendar in NZ.January 16, 2022 - January 22, 2022 at Lake Karapiro
Maitahi's annual regatta in the LakesFebruary 11, 2022 - February 12, 2022 at Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes
A festival of waka paddling including change races.February 18, 2022 - February 20, 2022 at Takapuna Beach, Auckland
NZ's premier endurance paddling race.April 21, 2022 - April 23, 2022 at Waitangi
The pinnacle of competitive sprint paddling.August 15, 2022 - August 23, 2022 at London
Tuna E Hoe Ana (Paddling with the eels)
Interested in the Maitahi annual regatta at Nelson Lakes in February?