The Turangawaewae Regatta is very much an integral part of the history of Ngaruawahia and a tradition for New Zealand as a whole. It’s the only Maori aquatic carnival of its kind and the only regular event when Waka Taua or Maori War Canoes take to the water.
This annual event is hosted under the patronage of the Maori King, Kingi Tuheitia and in essence the regatta encapsulates the bringing of all peoples together to share the cultural wonder that is the Turangawaewae Regatta.
Exclusive guided tours of Turangawaewae Marae are also offered and are only available during the regatta event.
The regatta is an all-day whaanau (family) festival featuring:
- Waka tauaa parade (two appearances 11am and 3pm)
- Kapa haka (Maaori cultural) performances
- Waka Kopapa (single hull canoe) racing
- Traditional kai (food) stalls
- Craft and education stalls and demonstrations
- Musical entertainment
- Amusement rides