Waka Kapiti

Bookings are essential

2 hour Solo Tour
2 hour Couples Tour
2 hour Group Tour

What we offer ..

Join us for the experience of a lifetime on the stunning Kapiti Coast. Right on the doorstep of Kapiti Island, sailing and paddling a holopuni on the Kapiti Marine Reserve will leave you spellbound!

The holopuni – meaning to venture everywhere, is a unique sailing craft, a fusion of modern and traditional Hawaiian outrigger design. Built to harness the wind and current, our experienced holopuni skippers provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all ages and ability. 

For the freedom of solitary adventure, book our solo tour or share the moment with a couples or group booking.  

Whatever your choice – make today’s moments, tomorrow’s memories

Experience paddle sailing on the beautiful Kapiti Coast,

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About your Hosts

Tewera Henare 

Tewera Henare is certified with over 20 years of scuba and free diving experience, 9 years commercial fishing experience in Aotearoa, Australia and American waters.

  • Competed and coached Waka Ama on a national level,
  • Guided Waka Ama Tours for Waka Able Tasman,
  • 3 years combined sailing experience on a fire bug and Holopuni canoe.

Co-ordinated Marae base youth and S.T.E.M programs based on ngā mahi a ngā Tupuna.

Te Ao Māori, Tikanga Māori and Tikanga a ngā matua tupuna underpin Waka Kapiti core values.

Experienced 1st Aid Instructor.


The primary location for the Waka Kapiti is Gardens Road, Raumati South, Paraparaumu 


Numbers are limited to enhance the learning experience and for health and safety purposes. 

A maximum of 5 students

Your safety is our priority. All Waka Kapiti crew members follow rigorous risk management procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants.

This includes regular assessment of maritime conditions, strict equipment checks and safety briefs for all individuals and groups.

For over 2 years we have worked with school groups, meeting stringent health and safety standards. 


No, it is open to all ages and abilities; no previous experience required.

Bring with you:

  • Shorts 
  • Quick dry top and thermals 
  • Warm fleece 
  • Rain coat 
  • Water 

What is a Holopuni?

Holopuni – in Hawaii means “to sail everywhere” this is the original name Nick Beck gave to the 3 man outrigger canoe .

The Holopuni was designed using ancient Polynesian traditional waka building techniques, incorporating paddling and sailing together.

The Holopuni craft was design to sail in 25+ knots wind to sail all 5 channels in the Hawaii islands.

The Holopuni can be derigged as a sail canoe and rigged as a 3- person waka ama (outrigger canoe) and can be used for big wave surfing, and waka ama racing.

Nick Beck re-introduced Holopuni Canoes to Aotearoa, reviving the lost art of traditional lashing and sailing techniques. 

The Waka Kapiti Holopuni is one of only a few in Aotearoa, New Zealand.