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Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

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Address: Waitangi Bridge, Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia 0400, New Zealand
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08:00 - 17:00
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The Bay of Islands is home to the Ngapuhi tribe and Taiamai Tours heritage...

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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Haruru Falls and Waitangi River Tour on a Traditional Maori Waka with Guide
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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... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2015
Marianne H
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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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 given a talk and got to rub noses with the guides. The only problem was... More 

Thank Marianne H
Wollongong, Australia
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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 and explanation of Maori language through their tattoos and songs. The "chief" shared his own... More 

2 Thank KD_worldtravelled
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 were allowed to just sit and not paddle. Make sure you bring a hat and... More 

4 Thank Jerry S
Canberra, Australia
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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 Taiamai Tours have this very much under control, they are professionals, they look after the... More 

2 Thank rsl31
Adelaide, South Australia
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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!

1 Thank Disgusted011
Perth, Australia
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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 - one a single hull and the other 2 hulled. It was amazing to see us... More 

1 Thank Margaret S
Sydney, Australia
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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 a very informative history of their culture before teaching us how we would be rowing... More 

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Yass, Australia
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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 for our tired arms. We learnt so much about maori culture and the experience was... More 

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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 much. Yet we were taught so well how to paddle that it was almost easy... More 

2 Thank Rebecca B
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Reviewed 24 November 2014

Our "journey" was on Saturday, Nov 15 (2014) and was planned as a 2 hour paddle in a Maori waka [war] canoe ... well a traditional canoe made from hollowed, shaped logs. This was to be about 2 hours in length and to go in a sheltered bay to a waterfalls on the local river/stream. The Maori waka "captain" lets... More 

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