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Waitangi Bridge, Te Karuwha Parade, Paihia 0400, New Zealand
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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 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...More

5  Thank WorldTravellor2014
Reviewed 5 March 2014

My wife and I booked this excursion whilst travelling on the Arcadia cruise ship, at a cost of £62 each. The whole "Maori Experience" lasted approx. 3hours, although not the best of days, weather wise, we both enjoyed this excursion. There were nearly 60 persons...More

1  Thank stephen j
Reviewed 22 February 2014

We did this last week whilst on a cruise on Aurora, it was a fabulous afternoon, the sun was shining and we just paddled up the river. It was so much fun and so very educational. The family that run this tour were lovely, so...More

3  Thank Kerrie D
Reviewed 5 February 2014

I took the tour primarily because I love to paddle, but the tour turned into not only an adventure but a learning experience. I was and still am amazed by the maturity, knowledge and wisdom of this 14 year old boy with a body of...More

3  Thank Nivia M
Reviewed 4 April 2013

I did this canoe trip when travelling on the Queen Mary 2 as an excursion. It was the best decision I made. The trip is interesting, informative and a whole lot of fun. The team that runs it puts their heart and soul into it....More

1  Thank Buffy62
Reviewed 27 March 2013

We booked this tour while on the Queen Mary 2 so had 2 full Waka Taua canoes. We had the perfect day (warm and sunny) to go paddling up the Waitangi River. Our host, Tani, was a 13 year-old who has an extensive knowledge of...More

2  Thank Linda J
Reviewed 13 March 2013

If your ambition is to paddle a Waka then as a tourist this may be your only opportunity. A few words of warning – check out how many others will be joining you, it is a far better experience with a full (16 persons) canoe;...More

6  Thank Thackeray
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Taiamai Tours was a wonderful experience: going out on a waka (canoe) in the gorgeous setting of Northland. The guides shared traditional stories and introduced us to Maori local heritage. Everyone in the group had a great time.

1  Thank Rachel T
Reviewed 3 February 2013

My family and I went on this tour and we can only say good things about it. Not only was it a great experience, we learned a lot and were treated as honoured guests by the guides. Paddling a Waka War Canoe is not something...More

1  Thank Stephen G
Reviewed 11 January 2013 via mobile

We took this tour a few days ago and loved every second of it. It has the potential to go horribly wrong as we booked late the night before and turns out we were the only two on the morning trip so the hosts found...More

3  Thank Jogregson
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