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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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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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Beautiful location for a something a bit different

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... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2012
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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 Maori roots and culture. Great.

Thank elizabethmcLeeds
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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 we were formally greeted and challenged by his grandson, then welcomed into their meeting house.... More 

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Loweswater, United Kingdom
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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, we visited the Treaty grounds from the sea, where we had our personal guide, in... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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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 and what the tour would normally include. He was delightful and spent a considerable amount... More 

Thank KellyPhDOtago
Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
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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 never forget this. Greetings from Holland

Thank Thijs_1956
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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 would highly recommend this experience if you want some fun, to learn more about Maori... More 

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Reviewed 18 November 2010

My mother and I did the Te Hoenga Waka tour there were only the 2 of us and none the less we did not feel we were rushed. The trip was very interesting and informative and gave us a very good understanding of the Maori culture. Would definitely recommend.

Thank petal36

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