Discover the beauty of the Waitangi River estuary and experience Maori traditions during a 3-hour cruise in a traditional canoe (waka) with a local Maori guide. Learn traditional paddling techniques in the calm waters of the estuary and make your way to Haruru Falls. Your guide shares informative commentary about Ngapuhi customs and history, and points out wildlife as you glide along. Disembark to visit a Ngapuhi meeting house and perhaps meet people from this Maori community. You'll also learn the moves of a 'haka' — an ancient Maori war dance.
3-hour tour with traditional canoe (waka) cruise and Maori cultural experience
Paddle through the Waitangi River estuary in a sturdy waka
Learn about native customs from the Ngapuhi guide
Hear about the sacred nature of Haruru Falls
Stop into a marae (Maori meeting house)
Gain insight into the perspectives of indigenous Maori people as you explore New Zealand’s stunning terrain
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.