We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Whangarei, New Zealand
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 44 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 19
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Amazing how it stands

The walk along the river from the quay takes you past many sculptures. The Waka n Wave sculpture is an arch of stone slabs seemingly resting on each other. Next to it is a boat... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2017
old_romantics_2000
,
Derby, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

44 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 43: English reviews
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk from the Town Basin to these sculptures was nice and relaxing! The sculptures themselves were amazing.

Helpful?
Thank Renae007
Derby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
615 reviews
334 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017

The walk along the river from the quay takes you past many sculptures. The Waka n Wave sculpture is an arch of stone slabs seemingly resting on each other. Next to it is a boat part way through more stone slabs. Worth seeing and it is a nice walk to the new foot bridge.

Helpful?
Thank old_romantics_2000
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017

Lovely walk around the town basin marina area the sculptures were very artistically done and it's a nice environment to walk around and very peaceful

Helpful?
Thank Rebecca S
Vicenza, Italy
Level Contributor
75 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2017

I like the inspiring idea of this scuplture, and the emphasis on the maori heritage, but the concrete parts ruin it and make it looks like debris mixed with art. Much better sculpures if you walk along the Hatea Loop

Helpful?
Thank R_Zanetello
Whangarei, New Zealand
Level Contributor
49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2017

The more I walk by this stone monstrosity the less I like it.However, it has the dubious honor of being the first sculpture on what has over the years developed into a very nice sculpture park and walking trail along the Hatea river. The sculpture itself is meant to comment on colonization with the big gray waves overtaking the waka... More 

Helpful?
Thank WanderingEric
Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2017

This is now a lovely walk around the town basin with many sculptures to see along the way. The Waka'n'Wave is such an interesting piece of sculpture which is a great hit with adults & children alike who love to climb on & in it.

Helpful?
Thank 777jakig
Whangarei, New Zealand
Level Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2017

This sculpture is part of the loop walk although you don't have to do the walk to see the sculpture. There is easy car access and a very short flat walk to view the sculpture in its own right.

Helpful?
Thank Wendy W
Darlington
Level Contributor
1,048 reviews
716 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2016

This distinctive sculpture is located on the path which runs beside the marina (on the side which has the cafes, shops etc.). Quite unlike any other public artwork we've seen before. If you're in the Whangarei area and you want to stretch your legs and see this and some other great sculptures, then it's certainly investing an hour or so... More 

Helpful?
Thank mikeedeedee
New Zealand
Level Contributor
18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2016

An interesting walk from the Town Basin following the banks of the river before you come to the sculptures. The sculptures are worth seeing.

Helpful?
Thank Rayko
Whangarei, New Zealand
Level Contributor
35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2016

This was a great sculpture within a walking distance of the Basin - it is a great piece of local art

Helpful?
Thank 021TainaS

Travelers who viewed Waka 'n' Wave Sculpture also viewed

Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region
 
Whangarei, Northland Region
Whangarei, Northland Region
 

Been to Waka 'n' Wave Sculpture? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Waka 'n' Wave Sculpture and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Waka 'n' Wave Sculpture staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?