Enjoy this memorable shore excursion from where your cruise ship tenders in Paihia. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to delve into the Northern Maori culture from the Ngapuhi confederation of tribes, New Zealand’s largest tribal nation by using the living landscapes and environment as the setting and natural backdrop for your tour.
The best part of your 3 hour tour is done in a Waka taua (traditional Maori war canoe) built from a mixture of composite and traditional materials. You will also view a Marae (meeting ground), historical sites and learn the age old art of storytelling to share the traditions, customs and the compelling stories of the bygone era.
The activities are both interactive and educational where you will learn the ceremonial chants and haka of the magnificent Waka taua while absorbing the breath-taking natural and stunning beauty of the Waitangi river tidal estuaries, its rain-forest and the cultural living landscapes.
Lelia Ann B, Dec 2016
There were two maori war canoes One was a double hull outrigger and the one we had was a single hull.On the trip up the river we were taught maori chants so that we could paddle in unison. While we paddled up the river to a waterfall, the chieftan told us tales of the Maori and their history in New Zealand. He also described their beliefs and explained the symbolism of his body tattoos.tour.more
Bay of IslandsSkip the Line: Waitangi Treaty Grounds Experience Pass
24 to 48 hours