Maori Waka Canoe Tour
This interactive Waka experience provides a rare and unique insight into the ancient customs, rituals and traditions of the Ngapuhi tribe. Join them on a Waka voyage and they promise you will leave with everlasting memories which will remain with you forever. Meet with local Ngapuhi whose traditional knowledge and storytelling skills are legendary in the Bay of Islands. Their ancient histories and stories are shared with you as you paddle together aboard the 50 ft Waka Taua (Maori War Canoe) on the tidal estuaries of the Waitangi River. This tour activity is an interactive and educational Waka (Traditional Maori war canoe) experience with customers learning traditional paddle techniques, Waka manoeuvres, chants and Haka whilst absorbing the breath taking natural beauty of the Waitangi river eco systems, native flora and fauna, our living landscapes. The first leg of your voyage has your ornate waka gliding up the beautiful tidal estuaries of the Waitangi. Engage in conversation with your Maori host who will share with you, personal tribal and family histories from an ancient past. With the splendour of panoramic views, vibrant and stunning colours from the native forest stretching the length of the river banks and beyond, the first leg of your voyage culminates with our arrival in the pool of the sacred and spiritual Haruru waterfalls. The magic of this place is brought to life by the skilful oratory of the story tellers who accompany you.
Again take up the paddle and the voyage continues passing by the family Marae and sacred shrine of worship, nestled on the riverbank of the Waitangi. See the native bird and fish wildlife, or maybe stop by the fishing net and check to see if fish are caught? Practice your new found traditional Maori paddling skills, learn a haka all while engaging in meaningful unscripted discussion with your Warrior host.