Wharewaka o Pōneke
2 Taranaki Street, Wellington
Wellington’s early history is rich in stories — local iwi Te Atiawa can give you an insight into the city’s cultural background with walking tours and waka experiences on the water. The people at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke provide tours that share stories of the city’s Māori past, and explain how it has led to its contemporary culture.
All tours leave from Te Wharewaka o Pōneke — a distinctive building located by Whairepo Lagoon on Wellington’s waterfront. It is the site where Te Aro Pā was located — one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington up until the 1880s.