ARAITERURU KI UTA, ARAITEURU KI TAI
The stories of our ancestral canoe are remembered in the landscape, in our waters, and in our hearts.
Good news whānau, we are working towards re-opening for tours again in September 2020.
We look forward to welcoming you back to Karitāne and back on the waka soon!
Welcome to our small coastal community of Karitane and to the centre of our universe. The waka (canoe) has a deep spiritual and cultural significance in Maori culture. Today we use the waka as a way of connecting to our environment, past and future on the Waikouaiti river.
Karitane Maori Tours is owned and operated by the local iwi, Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki. Our mission is to restore the natural landscape of Karitane and to support local community groups. Our guests plant a native shrub on the sandspit, O Hinepouwera. Each tour helps us to continue our work with young people, school groups, and community volunteers.