Explore Ngātokimatawhaorua in 3D!
Our incredible canoe is carved from three locally sourced kauri trees and is 37.5 metres long. Weighing 6 tonnes when dry and 12 when saturated, it takes at least 76 paddlers to handle it, although it safely holds up to 150 paddlers. An important part of Waitangi Day celebrations, it is an awe-inspiring sight on the water. The inspiration for its construction came from Te Puea Hērangi, an influential leader in the King movement, and the project was led by Pita Heperi ( Te Tai Tokerau) and Piri Poutapu (Waikato).