Make sure you take the time to wander across the road from the main museum complex to the Ngāi Tahu Reserve where the Waka Shed is located. It houses two large waka, Kahukākā and Kōtukumairangi. Kahukākā is owned by the museum and Kōtukumairangi is owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. Both waka have amazing histories. On Waitangi Day, you can enjoy the thrill of seeing Kōtukumairangi out on the water. It is a very moving sight to see this three ton craft being paddled up the Ōpara Stream to the tauranga waka (landing area). A small waka shed in the museum proper also holds an extensive collection of small waka and related items including waka-titi, which were used for fishing and eeling.