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Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

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Paihia 0400, New Zealand
+64 9-405 9990
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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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Experience the real magic and spirituality of local Maori while paddling with us on one of our 50ft War Canoes (Waka). Our visitor experience provides an exclusive look into our ancient Ngapuhi tribal customs, rituals and traditions. Through storytelling we share the ancient knowledge and histories of our living cultural landscapes during a 2hr voyage of the Waitangi River and tidal estuaries. In 2011 National geographic Traveller recognised our visitor experience as being in the worlds top 50 tours of a lifetime. Our Qualmark endorsed activity is a perfect combination of eco Tourism and interactive Maori culture. Our hot deal package until October 2018 includes a free 2 day pass to the Waitangi Treaty grounds and all its daytime activities along with a free Gift Pack of Natural Maori medicinal soap & balm worth $55.00 We are the Ngapuhi tribe of the North, New Zealands largest Maori tribe and we invite you to join us on a once in a lifetime voyage
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Paihia 0400, New Zealand
+64 9-405 9990
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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...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
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
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4 November 2017|
Response from Sal B | Reviewed this property |
There were many senior participants on the waka on my trip, you only have to paddle for a short while which isn't too arduous but great fun. The waka also can be motored along the river if needs be. With 5 - 7 year olds, I... More
7 January 2017|
Response from Sal B | Reviewed this property |
From what I remember a good 3 - 4 hours. If the waka goes to the Maori Marae Meeting House for the welcome ceremony this is around about a reasonable length of time. If you journey to the Waterfall it may very well be the... More