Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival Is Returning To Auckland This Weekend

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Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival Is Returning To Auckland This Weekend

Who’s excited for the fifth edition of Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival?

We’re well into summer so it’s time for a weekend festival. [Featured image: Auckland Unlimited].

Tāmaki Herenga Waka Festival returns this Saturday (January 23) for its annual celebration of Māori heritage.

From 10am-10pm at Captain Cook Wharf, Tāmaki Herenga Waka will showcase Māori history and culture through arts and crafts; games; food; live performances; storytelling and much more.

As usual, Waka sailings are set to be carried out during for the event. But this year, for the first time, attendees have the chance to dine on the wakas themselves. Picture gorging on the festival’s marvellous food out on the water with the cooling ocean breeze keeping you company on a warm summer evening. Bliss? Bliss.

Live entertainment spans throughout the day, with highlights including reggae and soul legends Trinity Roots, Pacific RnB songwriter Seth Haapu and Te Reo folk artist Maisey Rika.


Image: Auckland Unlimited

Plus, across the marketplace you’ll find plenty of delightful Māori dishes with a selection of Kai. There will also be a a 50-metre live graf art installation, kapa haka performances and a laser and fireworks display to close the festival.

All that packed into one-day, with free entry to boot. Doesn’t sound like a day out you want to be missing, does it?

Head over here for updates and information on the festival.

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