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Haruru Falls and Waitangi River Tour on a Traditional Maori Waka with Guide
Ranked #27 of 49 Tours in Paihia
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Owner description: The Bay of Islands is home to the Ngapuhi tribe and Taiamai Tours heritage journeys. Our interactive Waka experience provides a rare and unique insight into our ancient customs, rituals and traditions. Join us on our Waka voyage and we promise you will leave us with everlasting memories which will remain with you forever.
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
“Interesting and fun experience”
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 information and lots of details, both Rob and Wayne were happy to answer all questions and added to the ambience of the trip. Safety was paramount and all of us had to wear PFDs. A great little trip if you're up in Paihia, close to the Treaty Grounds too.

Visited February 2017
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“The most amazing experience ever.”
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 passionate tales about his ancestors, etc.
The whole trip lasted about 3 hrs but this went so quickly.
I just wish I could do it over again, the highlight of my trip.

Visited February 2017
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous adventure”
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We did the Maori Waka encounter which was a brilliant experience even though it poured with rain throughout and we got soaked to the skin. Our guide was the chief of the Ngapuhi tribe who regaled us with stories of his family history whilst teaching us songs his grandma used to sing to him. The Haruru Falls were the highlight of the trip and were best viewed from the river.
I have never been in a canoe before as I can't swim but felt safe throughout and the 'training' on how to paddle at the beginning was very good.
I can highly recommend this experience as I don't believe it could ever be repeated.

Visited February 2017
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Good fun for the whole family”
Reviewed 6 February 2017

We decided to go on this experience during our cruise around New Zealand. It was great to get off the ship and have some exercise! The tour operators obviously love their job and provided lots of interesting stories about their culture while we paddled up the river. A beautiful way to see some of New Zealand while giving our teenage boys something to do other then going on another bus tour. Just don't forget to put on some sun cream as you're out on the water for about 2 hours and the sun sure is hot!

Visited January 2017
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“AMAZING time on our Waka Tour!”
Reviewed 17 January 2017

I bought this for my husbands Christmas present as he has been learning the Maori Language! It was truly such an amazing experience. Our guide, Tani, was a local who had grown up on the Waiting River. He taught us how to paddle the waka, and as we paddled our way up the river he spoke of his tupuna (ancestors) and of his iwi - Ngapuhi (tribe). He could recite his genealogy back 26 generations to the arrival of his tupuna in New Zealand. His immense knowledge and passion for Te Reo (Maori language) and Tikanga (customs) made for an exciting and informative experience.

Visited January 2017
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