The walk along the river from the quay takes you past many sculptures. The Waka n Wave sculpture is an arch of stone slabs seemingly resting on each other. Next to it is a boat part way through more stone slabs. Worth seeing and it is a nice walk to the new foot bridge.
I like the inspiring idea of this scuplture, and the emphasis on the maori heritage, but the concrete parts ruin it and make it looks like debris mixed with art.
Much better sculpures if you walk along the Hatea Loop
The more I walk by this stone monstrosity the less I like it.However, it has the dubious honor of being the first sculpture on what has over the years developed into a very nice sculpture park and walking trail along the Hatea river.
The sculpture itself is meant to comment on colonization with the big gray waves overtaking the waka...
This is now a lovely walk around the town basin with many sculptures to see along the way. The Waka'n'Wave is such an interesting piece of sculpture which is a great hit with adults & children alike who love to climb on & in it.
This distinctive sculpture is located on the path which runs beside the marina (on the side which has the cafes, shops etc.). Quite unlike any other public artwork we've seen before.
If you're in the Whangarei area and you want to stretch your legs and see this and some other great sculptures, then it's certainly investing an hour or so...