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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 23 February 2012

Unfortunately for us our cruise ship cancelled the port visit due to poor and worsening weather. As soon as I knew I phone Hone at Taimai Tours and explained the situation. He said no problems. he would arrange refunds. That hasn't happened - and I...More

1  Thank GCtogo
Reviewed 21 February 2012

I recently did the Taiamai tour in the Bay of Islands along with my blind adult son. It was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. The background information that they gave us enhanced the continuation of our trip through NZ. Knowing the background...More

3  Thank playpen009
Reviewed 20 February 2012

This was a really good adventure. I learned a lot about the Maorie s culture thanks to Hone and all the stories he said throughout the voyage. They taught us how to paddle in a Waka and some words in Maorie as well. I think...More

2  Thank William A
Reviewed 6 February 2012

I had a fantastic time learning how to 'paddle' a Waka, hearing about the history and legends of Maori tribes and experiencing the type of greeting early European settlers would have received. An experience that will stay with me for a long time.

1  Thank Sarah J
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Try a canoe trip with excellent Maori guides who are lovely (as are all the people we met in New Zealand recently), the're informative tour around the beautiful Bay of Islands is great. You row with a group of around 12 people whilst hearing about...More

1  Thank elizabethmcLeeds
Reviewed 24 December 2011

We enjoyed everything about this trip. Hone amply conveyed his passion for the history and traditions of his people as we paddled and chanted our way up the Waitangi River whilst listening to his wonderful stories. We were honoured to visit his family Marae where...More

2  Thank Janet P
Reviewed 11 December 2011

Sunni was our tour guide, ably assisted by a fellow Maori warrior. There were just three of us on board (it was the beginning of the season), but this give us a very personalised tour. Despite the river being too low for a row upriver,...More

1  Thank FellwalkersCumbria
Reviewed 11 November 2011

I signed on for a traditional paddle with Taiamai Tours, but bad weather curtailed our plans. Regardless, I was able to take part in a group presentation about the tour and met Hone, the owner and lead guide, who explained how he started the business...More

1  Thank KellyPhDOtago
Reviewed 26 February 2011

On our day tour with Hone we learned a lot about the Ngapuhi (Maori) people and culture. Hone is a warm and living teller of story's and history of the Ngapuhi (Maori) culture.The tour with the "waka" and all around it was great. We will...More

1  Thank Thijs_1956
Reviewed 23 February 2011

We had a wonderful waka journey with Hone, Judy and Taine. It was one of the highlights of our holiday to New Zealand. This is not a 'touristy gimmick'. But a trip that offers a real and meaningful experience of Maori culture and traditions. We...More

1  Thank paulfearon1
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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