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“Waka on the Waitangi”

Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys
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US$94.48*
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Haruru Falls and Waitangi River Tour on a Traditional Maori Waka with Guide
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US$94.48*
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Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Maori War Canoe Tour
Ranked #24 of 46 Tours in Paihia
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Owner description: Experience the real magic and spirituality of local Maori while paddling with us on one of our 50ft 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 2hr voyage of the Waitangi River and tidal estuaries. In 2011 National geographic Traveller recognised our visitor experience as being in the worlds top 50 tours of a lifetime. Our Qualmark endorsed activity is a perfect combination of eco Tourism and interactive Maori culture. Our hot deal package until October 2018 includes a free 2 day pass to the Waitangi Treaty grounds and all its daytime activities along with a free Gift Pack of Natural Maori medicinal soap & balm worth $55.00 We are the Ngapuhi tribe of the North, New Zealands largest Maori tribe and we invite you to join us on a once in a lifetime voyage
Reviewed 13 April 2016

Different experience, genuine Maori stories and a different view of Maori culture. Inboard motor made real paddling optional when necessary (there were only 6 of us) but it gave you a feel for what it was like.

1  Thank Coral W
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Reviewed 5 January 2016

Having been once,and enjoyed it,we decided that another adventure was warranted.
The thrill of paddling in a maori war canoe is great value with the natives extremely
warm and friendly.age is no barrier as they will carry you to the canoe and help you in and out.

The fun of splashing and pulling faces at other canoests together with the sight seeing and history of their culture is an unforgettable experience.

Recommended for anyone who want to have a laugh a minute 3 hours.

1  Thank bob h
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Reviewed 3 January 2016

As authentic as it could get. We were surrounded by Maori tribesmen doing their welcoming dance performance. After, we prepared ourselves with sunscreen, life preservers, and water to drink. We boarded a double canoe and learned the intricacies of the correct way to paddle. It was a bonding experience as we navigated the Waitagi river while listening to the chief telling us the history of his people and his family. He was an excellent leader and getting caught up in his story took our attention off the physical exercise we were doing! Win, win, awesome experience.

2  Thank Annette H
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Reviewed 27 December 2015

An enjoyable canoe ride, on the Waitagi river, paddling to instructions but using an outboard when running late. The guides were dressed in traditional costume and amusing as well as informative. We visited a nearby cultural settlement though no one now lives there. We were given a talk and got to rub noses with the guides. The only problem was their culture had men at the front while the women were at the back which made watching the display they gave rather difficult

1  Thank Marianne H
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Reviewed 9 June 2015

We had a brilliant day. We were welcomed in the traditional Maori way & then the "chief" started us out with safety & instructions. Into the war canoes or Waka's and up the river to the falls. We were given a very interesting history lesson and explanation of Maori language through their tattoos and songs. The "chief" shared his own experiences growing up under the "white man's rule" and all the down sides that it brings with it. It's great to have a group like this try to preserve the native cultures of a proud people. This cultural experience was right up there with my trip to Alaska & Canada. Kia-ora

3  Thank KD_worldtravelled
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