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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....
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