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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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+64 9-405 9990
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 17:00

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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Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Maori War Canoe Tour

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A Good Excursion

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... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2014
stephen j
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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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 in our group, so we were able to crew two canoes. We were fortunate to... More 

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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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 friendly. This is a must if you go to the Bay of Islands, you won't... More 

2 Thank Kerrie D
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 5 February 2014 via mobile

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 a 20 year old and the maturity of a 50 year old man. All I... More 

1 Thank Nivia M
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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. Paddling the canoe with 29 other people and leaning a lullaby to sing while doing... More 

Thank Buffy62
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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 his heritage, ancient customs, rituals and traditions of his Maori people. We learnt so much... More 

1 Thank Linda J
England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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; there were two others in mine and it was altogether very disappointing as 95% of... More 

5 Thank Thackeray
Dunedin, New Zealand
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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.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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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 you can do every day and add to this the knowledge and enthusiasm of the... More 

Thank Stephen G
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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 out at 9 am that they had guests arriving at 10 am and many of... More 

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Hinckley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We did this on 30th December in the pouring rain, but as soon as everyone had worked out that we were going to get soaked but not cold we soon got in to the spirit of it all. Perhaps because of the weather our hosts really pulled out the stops to entertain and educate us. Not only was it great... More 

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