Matariki W6 Waka


The Matariki was designed by Frederic Esposito from Maui Kanu. Ruahine recently purchased this waka design from Fred as we have recognised how fast the sport of waka ama is growing in New Zealand and the need for the larger waka within clubs and community organisations.

Designed to have the best compromise of balance and speed, the Matariki it has a fine cutting bow, wide mid section, and stabile hull. This means it's ideal for people of all ages and ability levels.


Standard Package:

  • A white hull and your choice of colour for deck and gunnel. For an extra charge we can custom colour the entire waka to whatever you desire. Please enquire if you have something specific in mind.
  • 2 x wooden kiato
  • 1 x custom coloured ama

Sprayskirt Package:

  • Includes all of the above plus sprayskirt, hoops and tracks

Optional extras include:

  • straight kiato to build a W12
  • transport trailer
  • beach trailer

These canoes are custom built so the exact weight, colour, and layout will vary depending on your requirements. We are happy to customise things so please enquire. Prices may vary if you have something specific in mind.


Standard Package
$13,000 inc. GST
Sprayskirt Package
$15,000 inc. GST




555mm at widest point


To order this canoe or to find out more please contact us today. If you prefer to use the phone, call or text Tim on 027 668 9904.

Things You Need To Know...

Ordering - lead times vary throughout the year depending on how many orders we have in the system. Please contact us for an up-to-date delivery estimate.

Shipping and Pickup- we are based in Te Puke and all of our waka can be picked up directly from our workshop. Shipping throughout NZ and the world and will be charged at cost. Please ask us for an estimate.

Colours - all of our products are custom coloured so at the time of ordering we will discuss the options with you and make recommendations if necessary.