Whitianga River Row

Date: 17th to 20th October 2019 
Venue: Whitianga Marina 

NZ Coastal Rowing – Skiffs in the Bay and up the River 

It is NZ Coastal Rowing’s great pleasure to take part in the Te Pōwhiri events, marking 250 years since the first onshore meetings between tangata whenua Ngāti Hei and the Europeans on board HM Bark Endeavour in 1769. 

NZ Coastal Rowing is planning a four day visit to Te Whanganui o Hei, arriving Thursday 17 October and leaving Sunday 20th. Berthing in the Whitianga Marina, NZ Coastal Rowing members will row the skiffs out to meet the Tuia 250 Flotilla on Friday morning, accompanied by support vessel MFV John Dory, and will then head across to Wharekaho where they will stand off the shore just outside the exclusión zone. 

Saturday morning 8am is the River Row - row up river to Coroglen/Te Kauanga Landing (tides and weather permitting). In the afternoon the skiffs will berth at Marina for public viewing and engagement. 

On Sunday the skiffs open to public until 11.00am, then a final row around to Flaxmill Bay, Cooks Beach, a visit to the Flotilla, then pack out and head away.


He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu,
Te hau ka rere, te ha ka tau

A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures,
a blending of heritage, a sharing of future