Although an area of the country often overlooked by tourists jumping directly to the South Island, the tropical Bay of Islands is home to the proud Ngapuhi, New Zealand’s largest tribal Maori group, and is an important area of cultural history.
Departing by a 50 foot, traditional Maori Waka (canoe) from the Waitangi Bridge, you will immediately sense what life hundreds of years ago would have been like for these fierce and incomparable warriors.
Gliding up the peaceful and tranquil estuaries of the Waitangi River, you will arrive at the foot of Haruru Falls, a place of great spiritual significance for the Maori that is simply awe-inspiring.
A local guide will help you interpret your surroundings, before your journey continues to a replica of a post-European Maori village. Representing a traditional lifestyle that was so heavily influenced by the West, here you will see the beginning of this blend of Maori and European cultures that has come to form modern New Zealand.
No accommodation pick-ups or drop-offs are provided on this tour.
Duration: 3 hours
Price: from £74 per person
Departures: daily (Oct-Apr)
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