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Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

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Waitangi Bridge, Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia 0400, New Zealand
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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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The Bay of Islands is home to the Ngapuhi tribe and Taiamai Tours heritage journeys. Our interactive Waka experience provides a rare and unique insight into our ancient customs, rituals and traditions. Join us on our Waka voyage and we promise you will leave us with everlasting memories which will remain with you forever.
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Waitangi Bridge, Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia 0400, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

As authentic as it could get. We were surrounded by Maori tribesmen doing their welcoming dance performance. After, we prepared ourselves with sunscreen, life preservers, and water to drink. We boarded a double canoe and learned the intricacies of the correct way to paddle. It...More

2  Thank Annette H
Reviewed 27 December 2015

An enjoyable canoe ride, on the Waitagi river, paddling to instructions but using an outboard when running late. The guides were dressed in traditional costume and amusing as well as informative. We visited a nearby cultural settlement though no one now lives there. We were...More

1  Thank Marianne H
Reviewed 9 June 2015

We had a brilliant day. We were welcomed in the traditional Maori way & then the "chief" started us out with safety & instructions. Into the war canoes or Waka's and up the river to the falls. We were given a very interesting history lesson...More

3  Thank KD_worldtravelled
Reviewed 7 April 2015

We had the chief on our canoe and he was excellent. He talked for hours about the history of NZ and his people and family. Enjoyed it thoroughly. A couple who were elderly and could not paddle, he carried them into the boat and they...More

5  Thank Jerry S
Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

We book this through the cruise ship - this was the only tour in NZ done this way as most tours on the cruise ships listing are over priced but this seemed within the operator range. We had a great time too, the team at...More

3  Thank rsl31
Reviewed 17 February 2015

Great day, loads of fun and laughter, taught us to paddle well together! A cultural experience! Recommend it for groups, including children!

2  Thank Disgusted011
Reviewed 15 February 2015

We took this tour whilst on the MS Oosterdam mid February 2015. The family running this tour were totally genuine and very informative on their Maori culture. After Maori prayers and a short lesson on how to paddle, the group got into 2 Waka's -...More

2  Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 4 February 2015

Thinking we may have gotten in over our heads as we are in our 60's we decided to go ahead and book the canoe rowing attraction. We needn't have worried as it was a fantastic experience. Maori warriors greeted us with pride and gave us...More

3  Thank Diz002
Reviewed 30 January 2015

Can't say enough great things about this tour. It is everything and more that is advertised and worth every cent. The tour is lengthy but not too much so and on the way back from the falls they use a motor which was a relief...More

2  Thank 1stimetraveller
Reviewed 15 January 2015

One of the best things we did on our two week holiday, and we're still talking about it. There were only 6 visitors on our waka (our group, plus another couple), so it was a bit daunting to think we'd be having to paddle so...More

3  Thank Rebecca B
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