September 30, 2012
Waka voyage arrives at French Polynesian island
After 43 days at sea, Te Aurere and Ngahiraka Mai Tawhiti have arrived at the southern French Polynesian Island of Tubuai.
The two double-hulled voyaging canoes are on their way to Rapanui-Easter Island in a bit to conquer the final leg of the Pacific triangle.
Adverse winds and storms means the waka were forced to keep to a more southerly route than planned, and didn't make landfall until Saturday.
The waka will spend about a week on the island before heading due east to the next stop at Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.