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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 April 2013

I did this canoe trip when travelling on the Queen Mary 2 as an excursion. It was the best decision I made. The trip is interesting, informative and a whole lot of fun. The team that runs it puts their heart and soul into it....More

1  Thank Buffy62
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We booked this tour while on the Queen Mary 2 so had 2 full Waka Taua canoes. We had the perfect day (warm and sunny) to go paddling up the Waitangi River. Our host, Tani, was a 13 year-old who has an extensive knowledge of...More

2  Thank Linda J
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Reviewed 13 March 2013

If your ambition is to paddle a Waka then as a tourist this may be your only opportunity. A few words of warning – check out how many others will be joining you, it is a far better experience with a full (16 persons) canoe;...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Taiamai Tours was a wonderful experience: going out on a waka (canoe) in the gorgeous setting of Northland. The guides shared traditional stories and introduced us to Maori local heritage. Everyone in the group had a great time.

1  Thank Rachel T
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

My family and I went on this tour and we can only say good things about it. Not only was it a great experience, we learned a lot and were treated as honoured guests by the guides. Paddling a Waka War Canoe is not something...More

1  Thank Stephen G
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Reviewed 11 January 2013 via mobile

We took this tour a few days ago and loved every second of it. It has the potential to go horribly wrong as we booked late the night before and turns out we were the only two on the morning trip so the hosts found...More

3  Thank Jogregson
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We did this on 30th December in the pouring rain, but as soon as everyone had worked out that we were going to get soaked but not cold we soon got in to the spirit of it all. Perhaps because of the weather our hosts...More

2  Thank JeremyPC
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

My partner and I did a waka tour with Tani and Sonny in between Christmas and New Year 2012. We were the only two people on the tour, but that did not stop our hosts pulling out all the stops for us. We truly enjoyed...More

3  Thank Mairead D
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

What an experience!!! If you go to the Bay of Islands and don't do this tour you will miss that something special that only comes along once in a lifetime. The Maori guys were just fantastic and there was not a person on board that...More

2  Thank Gregory F
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

Our trip on the waka war canoe didn't start well as the skies were grey and it was starting to rain. We were greeted by a traditional Maori warior and his wife who escorted us to our canoe. A traditional welcome to every one preceded...More

2  Thank Peter B
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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
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CMImum
7 January 2017|
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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
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