Haruru Falls And Waitangi River Tour On A Traditional Maori Waka With Guide

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Explore the calm waters of the Waitangi River estuary during a 3-hour voyage on a sturdy traditional canoe captained by an experienced local Maori guide. You'll learn native paddling techniques, visit Haruru Falls and look for wildlife, plus hear about Ngapuhi customs, legends and history. The guide teaches you a traditional war dance and takes you to see a Ngapuhi meeting house where you might get the chance to meet members of this Maori community.

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Make your way to the Waitangi boat ramp where you meet your Ngapuhi guide. The Ngapuhi are the largest Maori tribe in New Zealand, and their ancestral home includes the Bay of Islands.

After a safety briefing, receive a life jacket and paddling lesson before stepping on board the 40-foot (12-meter) waka taua, a traditional-style canoe that is stable and sturdy. Set off on your tour through the tidal estuaries of the Waitangi River, traveling through a scenic landscape as you learn paddle techniques and how to maneuver your vessel. Your guide teaches you some Ngapuhi chants and a haka a war dance that incorporates rhythmic foot-stomping, body slapping and chanting.

Your tour also includes an all-inclusive day pass to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

In about one hour, you'll arrive at Haruru Falls. Pause in front of the large waterfall to hear about the sites spiritual significance, and then continue along the river to a marae on the riverside. A marae is the central meeting place of a Maori community and generally encompasses a meeting house decorated with intricate carvings, an open outdoor space, and cooking and eating areas. If youre lucky, you might meet some of the local people before continuing your canoe tour.

Throughout your experience, youll hear stories of the Ngapuhi people, learn about age-old customs and look for local wildlife. After a fascinating three hours, your tour ends back at the starting point.

Inclusions for Haruru Falls And Waitangi River Tour On A Traditional Maori Waka With Guide

  • Local guide
  • Life jacket
  • Paddle
  • First aid kit
  • All-inclusive day pass to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (this is valid for one day of your choice)

Exclusions for Haruru Falls And Waitangi River Tour On A Traditional Maori Waka With Guide

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on the canoe (waka) for safety reasons

Bring a raincoat or suitable clothing for weather conditions on the day

Bring your own water, towel, sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat

It is recommended that you wear soft-soled boat shoes or reef/sand shoes, as your feet will get wet when boarding the canoe

Cancellation received 7 days or more prior to departure date will receive a 60% refund on the full cost of the tour

Cancellation received 3-7 days prior to departure date will receive a refund of 50% of the full cost

There will be no refund for any cancellations received 3 days or less before departure

The local tour operator reserves the right to change, alter or cancel any of the tour options due to adverse weather, events or conditions that may occur beyond their control

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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3 Traveler Reviews

  • This was a great tour and a blast to do. Paddling the Waka was a bit of work but fun. Learning the chants and staying synchronized was a great experience. Hearing the Maori legends and stories was both informative and entertaining. I recommend it and if you book via Viator it is significantly less expensive than through the cruise ship.

  • While there were only a few of us, the experience was well worth it. Our Maori Guide, dressed appropriately in Maori costume, Rob taught us how to paddle the Waka - quite different from rowing - the appropriate cadences and explained a lot about Maori history. On the trip we stopped to explore a created village and again Rob explained the rituals, customs and history associated with some of the Maori culture. The waterfalls were stunning and the whole tour was a very good precursor to visiting the Treaty Grounds.

  • I really recommend this excursion, I enjoyed it from the start to the end, the comments, the beautiful landscape, the people informing about Maori history....