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Waimarama Maori Tours

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Discover the real New Zealand on one of our unique tours where you will experience Maori culture past and present. Whether on one of our award-winning private tours or our exclusive Cruise Ship Tour we hope to touch your heart. We invite you to take...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an experience! The team at Waimarama Maori Tours are so lovely and make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. I learned so much about the Māori culture and the history of their local people. I would highly recommend this to anyone whether...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Annarose17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Can't recommend this highly enough to anyone wanting an authentic experience of Maori culture. The warm and genuine staff generously shared their knowledge about many aspects of their culture, all in beautiful natural surroundings. A definite A+ .More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tigs369
WaimaramaMaori, Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. Our family really appreciate that you have taken the time to leave such kind comment. We really love sharing our culture, our private ancestral land and also our lives with our visitors and it is very heartwarming...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a wonderful experience. I took the trip from our HAL cruise line and learned a great deal bout the Maori people. Helen explained much as we traveled to their town. This is not your “Disneyland” version, but real people/citizens of New Zealand explaining...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Maxine J
WaimaramaMaori, Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora Maxine J! It is very encouraging to read how you enjoyed your experience with us - thank you very much. We do our best to provide an authentic experience and we are pleased that this was the experience that you had. We look...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were on a HAL cruise that we booked through HAL. It was an excellent experience as we were met my Helen, an extraordinary Maori, who explained her culture to us as we traveled to the Maori. Ike, Robert and all of the Maori people...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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WaimaramaMaori, Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Richclift, thank you very much for your kind review and we are so thrilled to read that you enjoyed your experience with us. Our family take a lot of pride in our culture and heritage and just love sharing it with all of our guests....More

Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

At least twice what we expected. Grateful we did it at beginning of our New Zealand visit—we feel protected and much better informed. Count us highly satisfied and strongly recommend. Thank you Robert, Helen, and Ike for a transformative experience!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rosalie S
WaimaramaMaori, Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thank you very much Rosalie S for your very kind feedback. We are so pleased that you feel protected and much better informed, we absolutely enjoyed our day with you both. Safe travels and we look forward to your return!

Reviewed 15 March 2018

Spending time with Ike and Robert was like taking a graduate seminar on Maori culture and history. This was an intensely personal and spiritual experience as we walked the land with Robert and Ike, heard their family stories, Maori songs, and learned about native flora...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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WaimaramaMaori, Public Relations Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you very much for your kind remarks. Robert and Ike take a lot of pride in their culture and certainly love to share it with the world and reading feedback such as this truly humbles them and reminds us that we are on the...More

Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

My husband and I are enjoying a month in New Zealand and we have had many special tours. This was one of the best. Robert, Helen and Ike are all highly knowledgeable in their own way and each added to our experience greatly. The personal...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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WaimaramaMaori, Public Relations Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Kia Ora - thank you very much for leaving your kind feedback about your experience with Robert, Helen and Ike. We truly appreciate this and are so thrilled that you enjoyed yourself. The challenge always is not to forget about us and we look forward...More

Reviewed 20 February 2018

Ike gave us a very personal insight into the history, culture and community of the Waimarama people and introduced us to his remarkable uncle Robert whose drive and enthusiasm has made the whole enterprise possible. Robert MacDonald is a born raconteur but beneath his light-hearted...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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WaimaramaMaori, General Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you very much for your kind comments. We are so pleased that you were able to enjoy your time with our family and gain an insight into our lives, history and culture. As we always say, you only ever welcomed once and then after...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017

We absolutely loved learning about Maori culture and the Waimarama tribe. Robert, Ike and Helen had not only historical knowledge, but personal stories and family history that truly illustrated what it's like to live as a Maori. They were kind, welcoming and generous. Robert even...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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WaimaramaMaori, Public Relations Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

Dawn B, thank you very much so such a kind review. We as a family are very privileged to be able to share our family, our culture and our sacred sites with you.

Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

I am now 69 years old and fairly well travelled. This tour was by far the nicest tour I remember ever taking. Robert, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, informative, humorous and warm. He virtually brought us into his family, introducing us to nieces and nephews...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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WaimaramaMaori, Public Relations Manager at Waimarama Maori Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Kia Ora - thank you for your kind words and we are so pleased that you enjoyed spending time with Robert and his family. It is certainly our pleasure to be able to share as much knowledge and warmth as possible.

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silviaeaston
Hi Russ.... I also just visited the "Arch Ancestors Experience" and it was a joke, at best! It was also a loss of time. Their reply to your comment was of "why didn't you address this with them at the end of the "show" .... how could they make right an awefull worthless "show"? They advertise as a "tribe". According to a book that I borrowed from our ship, that was a "family unit", NOT a tribe! The 12 yo girl wore her Sunday's (church) best, not a classical Maori wear. Most men wore the knit sweats. The supposed "kiwiana confectionary" was a wrapped candy from Australia (not New Zealand). Read my report, I gave them a worse review than you did. We were charged $138, ALL of which was refunded to me in cash. BTW.... our "show" took place in not the usual place due to a fire, or something like this, so the place was more like a school cafeteria (with no eels as described elsewhere). If the show couldn't take place in the regular place, they should have said so before we set out, and a refund given to those who decided to stay behind. We were a group of about 200, so I guess the people in the back could see very little as well. AWEFULL..... and the "main family man" has the gull to chastise you for putting a bad report! I will go further and through Cruisecritic report to all going in the near future!
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Response from WaimaramaMaori | Property representative |
Kia Ora silviaeaston, I have responded to the feedback you placed and once again I am very sorry that you didn't enjoy the tour. We have made sure that the Cruise Ship will notify all passengers of any change to the tour... More
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