Turangawaewae Annual Regatta

The annual Turangawaewae Regatta is a celebration of Maori culture, waka ama (canoe racing) and the Turangawaewae Marae on Saturday 18th March 2017.

This year marks the 122nd anniversary of the regatta which is held on the banks of the mighty Waikato River.

The event will be split over three days, with the primary schools kopapa racing taking place on 15th Mrch, intermediate schools kopapa racing on 16th March and the main regatta day on Saturday 18th March.

Saturday 18th March is the big day with the feature event being the grand parade of waka taua (war canoes); the Turangawaewae Regatta is the only event where the Waka Taua of the Maori Waikato-Tainui tribe makes an appearance each year.

Saturday will also feature traditional and modern art displays, kapa haka group performances, live bands and delicious kai (food); plus plenty of fun activities for the whole family.

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