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Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

Paihia 0400, New Zealand
+64 9-405 9990
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Haruru Falls and Waitangi River Tour on a Traditional Maori Waka with Guide
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Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Maori War Canoe Tour
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Experience the real magic and spirituality of local Maori while paddling with us on one of our 50ft War Canoes (Waka). Our visitor experience provides an exclusive look into our ancient Ngapuhi tribal customs, rituals and traditions. Through storytelling we share the ancient knowledge and histories of our living cultural landscapes during a 2hr voyage of the Waitangi River and tidal estuaries. In 2011 National geographic Traveller recognised our visitor experience as being in the worlds top 50 tours of a lifetime. Our Qualmark endorsed activity is a perfect combination of eco Tourism and interactive Maori culture. Our hot deal package until October 2018 includes a free 2 day pass to the Waitangi Treaty grounds and all its daytime activities along with a free Gift Pack of Natural Maori medicinal soap & balm worth $55.00 We are the Ngapuhi tribe of the North, New Zealands largest Maori tribe and we invite you to join us on a once in a lifetime voyage
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Paihia 0400, New Zealand
+64 9-405 9990
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a great tour to see a beautiful waterfall, learn about the Maori, and get some exercise. We learned the art of paddling a native canoe correctly and in unison with the other participants. We paddled out into a calm lake and took a...More

Thank Kathleen598
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Thank JohnSB3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun and unique excursion. One of the best excursions on our trip. The guides and Chief made this visit fun. Can't say enough about how friendly everyone involved in the tour was. If you're contemplating what to do in Bay of Islands... strongly consider this...More

Thank Hogboy66
Reviewed 23 October 2017


1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 29 September 2017

How often do you have the chance to paddle in a traditional Maori canoe lead around one of New Zealands most beautiful areas? The ancient stories and histories from the great Maori ancestors who navigated across the turbelant oceans of the Pacific from Polynesia to...More

2  Thank Sal B
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Entertaining (and interesting!) excursion through Royal Caribbean, Radiance of the Seas! We had a very full "waka!" Lots of paddling fun while learning about the Maori. Great for all ages - you can paddle as much (or not!) as you'd like! Super fun, would definitely...More

1  Thank Linda W
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We visited as a small group, had great fun paddling the waka, surprised how fast we moved it along although with the tide turning and a head wind on the return journey later it was an added bonus with Wayne's additional motorised assistance. Interesting historical...More

1  Thank spikeystravels
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We were on Bay of Islands via a cruise ship. Although the weather was awful ( rain) we had a amazing time,the waka (war canoe) held about 26 people and we all had to row it,we were led by the a Moari who told such...More

1  Thank Sozlovesholisays
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We did the Maori Waka encounter which was a brilliant experience even though it poured with rain throughout and we got soaked to the skin. Our guide was the chief of the Ngapuhi tribe who regaled us with stories of his family history whilst teaching...More

1  Thank ABlackCountryLass
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We decided to go on this experience during our cruise around New Zealand. It was great to get off the ship and have some exercise! The tour operators obviously love their job and provided lots of interesting stories about their culture while we paddled up...More

1  Thank nat l
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4 November 2017|
Response from Sal B | Reviewed this property |
There were many senior participants on the waka on my trip, you only have to paddle for a short while which isn't too arduous but great fun. The waka also can be motored along the river if needs be. With 5 - 7 year olds, I... More
7 January 2017|
Response from Sal B | Reviewed this property |
From what I remember a good 3 - 4 hours. If the waka goes to the Maori Marae Meeting House for the welcome ceremony this is around about a reasonable length of time. If you journey to the Waterfall it may very well be the... More