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Waka 'n' Wave Sculpture

Whangarei, New Zealand
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Ranked #15 of 19 Attractions in Whangarei
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you start your walk from the playground and follow the boardwalk around the water's edge you'll come across some beautifully carved pou (poles) with informative plaques about the history of the Town Basin, Whangarei area and wonderful legends. Keep walking and you'll come across the wave and waka sculptures. It's a nice walk and the kids can run around... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

A beautiful informative and scenic stroll from the Town Basin in Whangarei. All ages of people would enjoy the experience, especially children!

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This wonderful sculpture is an asset to our city. Children love to climb all over it. The setting is terrific. It is a fantastic place to visit

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

It's a little overrated the sculpture. But I visited it and only just came across it. You have to drive a bit further up or walk to the end of the town basin walkways to find it. Once there, it is a very nice piece of art and worth some happy snaps.

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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There is an easy walk along a lovely paved, waterfront park with fantastic sculptures. Then you get to the Wave & Waka. Kids love to climb into the Waka to play - good photo opportunities! Afterward walk back to the town basin for a play in the park, coffee, ice-cream, or good food.

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This sculpture epitomises both the flow of the waves and the shape of the Waca. It is well worth the walk along the waterside of the Town Basin. We only came across it by accident as we were just taking a walk and didn't know it was there. But I'm glad I saw it.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Its not so much the waka sculpture that's great but its all the surroundings and the other amazing sculptures on the flat walk to the waka. There is heaps of parking at the Town Basin then you can take a leisurely walk along. Was ideal for taking my elderly dad.

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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

The tide was out when we visited the Town Basin, and the mangrove swamp is not very interesting at low tide. We stumbled across this sculpture during our walk along the estuary. It certainly brightened up the park at low tide, and our photographs.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I had two choices - head right past the swimming baths and follow the boardwalk through the mangroves along the river, or go left and check out the sculptures. Being alone, the walk through the mangroves didn't feel 100% safe so I went for the Waka n Wave option. It was a really nice walk. It was interesting as you... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

A nice easy stroll from the town basin past the boats and the marina. There are lovely informative panels explaining the beginnings and naming of the area. The sculpture encombasses the Maori, fishing, the area and tranquility

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