What's happened: The Great Waka Ama Race

Watch the video highlights from the 2017 Great Waka Ama race!

Watch as the Faculty of Engineering wins their second consecutive race and will advance to the Queen Lili’uokalani Memorial race in Hawaii!

2017 Race information

Date: Saturday 18 March

Format: Mixed men’s and women’s.

Race route: The race followed the same course as the 2016 format. Starting and finishing at Takapuna Beach, teams paddled five kilometres from Takapuna to Rangitoto Island, ran a return eight kilometres to the summit and then paddled back to Takapuna Beach.

The prize: The winning Great Waka Ama Race crew are again offered an expenses-paid trip to Hawaii to race in the Queen Lili’uokalani Memorial race. Considered the largest long-distance outrigger canoe race in the world, there they’ll compete against international crews in a 30km open-water race off the island of Kona, Hawaii.


  • Find out more about the 2016 Great Waka Ama Race winners from the Faculty of Engineering and their journey to Hawaii (where they collected two gold medals!) via paddler Josie’s blog. Plus check out the photo album over on Facebook of the University race.
  • Read about the paddlers from the Nga Tauira Maori students' association in their 2015 race win and their time in Hawaii.