Waka leave for Rarotongan celebrations
Four waka prepare to leave on a 10-16 day journey from New Zealand to Rarotonga using only Polynesian traditional methods of navigation where they are guided solely by the conditions of the pacific ocean and the sky above.
Explore Rarotonga holidays and discover the best time and places to visit. | The most populous of the Cook Islands is stunning in its natural beauty and physical drama. A halo of flame-orange coral reef encircles the island, and Rarotongaâs sapphire-blue lagoon is trimmed by sparkling white beaches. Beyond the reef, breakers foam and crash like distant thunder.
Vaka Eiva has come from small beginnings in 2004 to become the largest international annual event in the Cook Islands and is now an established event on the international paddling calendar. We combine the spectacle of competitive paddling with more laid back “fun in the sun” events served up with the inimitable Cook Islands hospitality – a weeklong paddling festival with something for everyone!