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Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

Bay of Islands, New Zealand
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About Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys
Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys captures the true spirit and essence of an authentic Maori cultural experience with a 2.5/3 hour voyage through the mangrove estuaries of the Waitangi River up towards the Haruru Waterfalls onboard a 50ft Waka Taua (Maori war canoe). This unique cultural experience provides a rare insight into our ancient tribal customs, rituals and traditions through interactive imerson in our culture and ancient art of storytelling. 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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Ryan Gilbertson wrote a review Apr 2021
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We had a group of 25 from a secondary school in Queenstown take part in the waka tour up the Waitangi River. Honi and Judy were amazing hosts with a fun, informative, and interactive experience (even adjusting our trip to cater to the weather). Would highly recommend! Kā mihi mō tō manaaki!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Leewyn P wrote a review Dec 2020
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Really nejoyed learning the paddling chants and history of the land - awesome people to be with and lots of fun
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Rochelle I wrote a review Dec 2020
Whangarei, New Zealand2 contributions
I felt very honoured by having the opportunity to carry out this waka experience. It was humbling to hear the stories of Maori in this area from such an esteemed rangatira, that shared many historical happenings in an open honest and light hearted way. If you want to experience and hear true history, as well as have many laughs, lots of camaraderie and fun then this is a must!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Vanessa Malae wrote a review Dec 2020
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Such a beautiful time spent on the waka! Loved all the knowledge of our tour guides- really fun and cheeky, kept us laughing. Was able to take my 5 month old and we felt safe and happy.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Te Ora Hou Northland wrote a review Dec 2020
Whangarei, New Zealand1 contribution
We did the tour as our end of year staff Christmas function. Staff loved the tour, the stories, the history and the overall experience. Would highly recommend the tour as a team event!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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