The Waka Motu Okeanos Aotearoa was originally named Rangi and built in 2013 here in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Waka Motu Rangi was launched in 2013 and set sail for Tahiti to start interisland operations for tourist between the mainland of Tahiti and Makatea.
Makatea is an old phosphate mining Island which is no longer active and has since become a big tourist attraction which can only be reached by boat, therefore fit for purpose to provide that interisland eco transport for the tourist on Waka Motu.
The Waka Motu Rangi then became involved in transporting materials for the Fakarava lagoon Waka which was built and used to do 3D maping of the Fakarava lagoon.
In early 2015 she sailed to Tokelau via Rarotonga and Samoa to assist a film company that were developing a documentry on solar power in Tokelau. From there she sailed to Tonga to participate in the birthday celebrations of the King of Tonga in July 2015. Following the celebrations, she returned home to Rarotonga where she settled for sometime. She then departed in November for Aotearoa New Zealand to do refit and a face lift to prepare for her next journey.
In early 2016 her name was changed from Rangi to Okeanos Aotearoa, and in June that year she went to Tonga to trial an eco whale watching experience. She returned to Aotearoa in October 2016, and is currently in Otehei Bay in the Bay of Islands where you can join a wake experience tour. For more information about tours please visit the Explore Group’s website for Otehei Bay Activities.