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Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

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“haruru falls”(5 reviews)
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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Judy186220
Reviewed 18 May 2018

great 1/2 day tour very informative we had the warrior chief in our canoe. great information on the Maori history.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 57chevycustom
Reviewed 18 May 2018

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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 57chevycustom
Reviewed 11 April 2018

A enjoyable if somewhat touristy tour, but well worth it. The guides were personable and very well informed. A good time.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank kmtravel06
Reviewed 2 April 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank kwjkwj
Reviewed 11 March 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank tsseb82
Reviewed 18 December 2017

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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank 3Muscateers41
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Boldfish76
Reviewed 5 December 2017

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

Date of experience: December 2017
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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