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Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

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Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Maori War Canoe Tour
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Haruru Falls and Waitangi River Tour on a Traditional Maori Waka with Guide
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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 storytelling we share the ancient knowledge and histories of our living cultural landscapes during a 2 hr voyage of the Waitangi River and tidal estuaries. In 2011 National Geographic Traveller recognised our visitor experience as being in the world's top 50 tours of a lifetime. Our Qualmark-endorsed activity is a perfect combination of eco tourism and interactive Maori culture. We are the Ngapuhi tribe of the North, New Zealand's largest Maori tribe, and we invite you to join us on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage
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Reviewed 4 January 2018


Thank Tony S
Reviewed 18 December 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

Thank Kathleen598
Reviewed 5 December 2017


Thank JohnSB3
Reviewed 25 November 2017

Fun and unique excursion. One of the best excursions on our trip. The guides and Chief made this visit fun. Can't say enough about how friendly everyone involved in the tour was. If you're contemplating what to do in Bay of Islands... strongly consider this...More

Thank Hogboy66
Reviewed 23 October 2017


1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 30 September 2017

How often do you have the chance to paddle in a traditional Maori canoe lead around one of New Zealands most beautiful areas? The ancient stories and histories from the great Maori ancestors who navigated across the turbelant oceans of the Pacific from Polynesia to...More

2  Thank Sal B
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Entertaining (and interesting!) excursion through Royal Caribbean, Radiance of the Seas! We had a very full "waka!" Lots of paddling fun while learning about the Maori. Great for all ages - you can paddle as much (or not!) as you'd like! Super fun, would definitely...More

1  Thank Linda W
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We visited as a small group, had great fun paddling the waka, surprised how fast we moved it along although with the tide turning and a head wind on the return journey later it was an added bonus with Wayne's additional motorised assistance. Interesting historical...More

1  Thank spikeystravels
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We were on Bay of Islands via a cruise ship. Although the weather was awful ( rain) we had a amazing time,the waka (war canoe) held about 26 people and we all had to row it,we were led by the a Moari who told such...More

1  Thank Sozlovesholisays
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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