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Te Hoenga Waka; Maori Canoe tour & Waitangi Treaty Grounds

By Taiamai Tours


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  • Unique experience paddling down the Waitangi River estuaries

  • Authentic 50-foot (12-m) Waka Taua/Maori war canoe

  • Hear ancient stories, bring the cultural landscapes alive

  • Participate in Ngapuhi tribal customs & traditions

  • FREE 2 day pass to Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided Maori war canoe experience

  • What's included

    2-day pass to Waitangi Treaty Grounds

  • What's included

    Life jackets

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's excluded


  • What's excluded


Know Before You Book

  • Children under 6 not permitted on the Waka for safety reasons. Child rate is 6 - 12 years.

  • Maximum group size is 16 people, with a combined minimum of 6 people for a confirmed departure.

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds operate daily 9 AM to 6 PM from 26 Dec - 29 Feb and 9 AM to 5 PM from 1 Mar - 31 Apr.

  • Check-in is 30 minutes prior to booked tour start time.

  • Your Maori war canoe experience will take place on the date you select when booking.

  • Your 2-Day Pass to Waitangi Treaty Grounds may be redeemed any day within 1 week of the day you redeem your Maori war canoe experience.

  • Minimum 6 People for a confirmed departure.

  • Photo opportunities at the Haruru Falls..

What you can expect

Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys captures the true spirit and essence of authentic Maori cultural tourism with a 2.5 hour voyage through the mangrove estuaries of the Waitangi river to the mystical Haruru waterfalls aboard a 50ft Waka Taua/Maori war canoe. This unique cultural experience provides a rare insight into ancient tribal customs, rituals and traditions through interactive immersion in our culture and the ancient art of storytelling.

Te Hoenga Waka also includes a FREE “2 Day Pass” into the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.


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Activity Location

  • Waitangi River
  • Bay of Islands North Island

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys
    • Te Karuwha Parade Waitangi Bridge
    • Bay of Islands 0247

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