Our 8-day voyages will be in coastal waters on the east coast of Aotearoa NZ from Tauranga northwards. The voyagers, crew and skipper will be involved in setting the course each day and this means that every voyage will have a unique itinerary. Obviously, safety is paramount and the skipper will have the final say.
Hawaiki Rising Voyaging Trust has been through a rigorous health and safety process to ensure that we comply with all regulations. Our staff and skippers are all trained and highly experienced in all Maritime laws and regulations. In addition to this our crew have sailed thousands of miles on open oceans in tough conditions, so have the experience to deal with and avoid unfavourable situations at sea. Our Waka Hinemoana has an exhaustive list of safety gear and required maritime safety devices – including all wet weather gear, life jackets, harnesses, GPS tracking and life rafts – the same as any modern day ocean-going craft.
Yes – much of the activities we do are land-based such as hikes, marae visits, stops at Aotearoa NZ’s marine and bird reserves, exploring beaches and key locations along the voyage. The Waka can be “beached” on land and quite often we will stop at a secluded, sheltered bay to stay the night on land and set up camp.
The main berths are situated down inside the hulls – which are larger inside than they look from the outside. Bunks are the equivalent of a single-sized mattress and voyagers are free to bring their own bedding and pillows to make it more comfortable. Your bunk is your own private place on board the Waka. At times we allow sleeping in the whare (hut on the deck) and also on the deck itself if it’s a warm star-filled night.
When it rains the Waka has a customised rain and shade shelter which can be erected which covers 90% of the deck area and keeps it dry. When there is bad weather we usually find a calm bay and pass the time with games, songs and other activities.
Cell phones are allowed, but discouraged. Much of the time we will be outside of cell phone reception range – so only our satellite phone will work if you need to contact home. We find that most voyagers will naturally leave their phones and other devices in their bags and get into the spirit of the voyage. The Waka is a great place to take a break from technology and relax.
Only if you are sitting in the dingy out the back. :-). Smoking is generally discouraged, but if you are a smoker don’t let this put you off the experience of a lifetime.
If you have been known to get motion sickness our crew will provide you with medication to prevent this if it gets choppy. If you have severe sea sickness our crew are trained to assess the situation on a case-by-case basis – a worst case scenario you could be taken off the Waka at the nearest port. If you are worried about sea sickness please talk to one of our crew and then you are free to make a decision whether you come on a voyage with us or not.
Instead of the words “cost” we prefer to use the term “investment” in your future. The standard cost of an 8-day voyage is $1600 (including GST).
Similar to the Spirit of Adventure, we have a number of scholarships of up to $1000 for individuals that can show that they are financially disadvantaged. These scholarships have been donated by individuals, businesses and trusts. If you fit into this category, we will provide support and ideas how you can raise the other $600 e.g. local fundraiser events, sponsorship or washing cars on the weekend. This process is used to help applicants prepare and appreciate the experience when it arrives.
In cases where this is unattainable we may be able to help applicants find government subsidies/sponsorship to reduce this amount. Please enquire for more details as we would love to have you onboard if you really want to be there – we can help make it happen for you.