Paihia, New Zealand
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commentOffered in: English


Swap your cruise ship for a traditional Maori war canoe on this interactive shore excursion from Paihia. The history and ecology of the Bay of Islands is best understood with a local, and you’ll paddle with a Ngapuhi guide who shares Maori traditions via the age-old art of storytelling. Learn ceremonial chants and visit a ‘marae’ (meeting ground) plus receive an all-inclusive day pass to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
  • Paddle a Maori war canoe on the Waitangi River during a shore excursion
  • Learn ceremonial chants and the ‘haka’ dance at a marae in the Bay of Islands
  • Absorb the beauty of the tidal estuary where New Zealand history was made
  • Gain all-day access to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds


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, 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.
While the tour was interesting, I don't feel that the we paid pp was worth a 2 hr trip to paddle up a river.

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