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Experience the real magic and spirituality of local Maori while paddling with us on one of our 50 ft War Canoes (Waka). Our visitor experience provides an exclusive look into our ancient Ngapuhi tribal customs, rituals and traditions. Through...more
The trip began with us being given instructions as to how we board the canoe therefore avoiding it wobbling. Then with the help of a chant to enable us all to paddle in time, we set off towards the Haruru Falls. It was hard work...More
Get way to spend half the day it was so much fun, we had the warrior chief as our guild very informative. we had some disabled people in our canoe there were very well looked after by the staff. we would do it again.
You get to paddle a waka (war canoe) in a very nice river up to a beautiful waterfalls! So much fun and enjoyable! Then, you are taken to a Wharenui (Maori Meeting House) and the Maori's explain the meaning of the Wharenui and show you...More
Fun and informative from the start to the finish. Paddling up the river with 35 other folks was just the right pace as we observed the flora and fauna in the area. By far the presentation by the Chief (Hoeni) was enthralling. Past history from...More
Dec 20th, we were in Bay of Islands only one day, on the HA Maasdam cruise ship. We wanted an authentic Maori experience and got it. The Maori guides instructed us on paddling, native chants and war-greetings. The day was damp and blustery, but the...More
We were on a cruise ship recently when (11/26/17) we took this trip. We were fortunate to have the Chief (pictured above) as our guide and historian. Not only was it great fun to learn the chant to paddle but he gave an amazing insight...More
This was a great tour to see a beautiful waterfall, learn about the Maori, and get some exercise. We learned the art of paddling a native canoe correctly and in unison with the other participants. We paddled out into a calm lake and took a...More
Their half day waka experience with some cultural immersion is an awesome experience, particularly for those who don’t know much or anything about Maori culture. I joined a party of Dutch tourists from a cruise ship who were just blown away by paddling their own...More
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
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 would check with the organisers about their minimum age if they would need to paddle.
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
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 same amount of time but a good mornings or afternoons worth of activity.