Paddle a waka

Students from Reporoa College recreate history, paddling a double-hulled waka hourua—a cultural programme run by Aotearoa Waka Experiences—through the infamous Tutukau Gorge, a section of the Waikato River two kilometres south of Orakei-Korako.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

The walls of the gorge soar 50 metres above the river, providing a vantage point from which local Māori would keep watch and protect their rohe from marauding waka like this. History recounts bloody battles in this reach of the river, causing even the hurtling jetboats to slow to an idle out of respect for the dead.

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