The Bay of Islands is home to the Ngapuhi tribe and Taiamai Tours heritage journeys. Our interactive Waka experience provides a rare and unique insight into our ancient customs, rituals and traditions. Join us on our Waka voyage and we promise you will leave us 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. Our ancient histories and stories are shared with you as we paddle together aboard our 50 ft Waka Taua (Maori War Canoe) on the tidal estuaries of the Waitangi River. Departing from the Waitangi Bridge, our Qualmark endorsed Waka voyages are a perfect combination of eco and interactive cultural experiences. We confidently stand by our claim that Taiamai Tours are: The best Maori cultural experience in Northland!!!
Welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand) Northland is the birthplace of modern New Zealand and the Ngapuhi Tribe is the largest group of Maori in the country. Taiamai Tours Heritage Journey’s is a Maori community owned cultural experience. Internationally renowned as one of best Maori cultural EXPERIENCES in New Zealand, we promise that should you join us you will participate in an experience that is truly unique, special and for some life changing. Departing from where your tender docks in Waitangi you immediately feel the power and spiritually of the Maori waka as you paddle the peaceful and tranquil waters of Waitangi aboard our 50 ft traditional Maori Waka (canoe). We guarantee you will rate this experience as one of the best activities you do during your New Zealand stopover. Our Qualmark endorsed Waka Journeys are a perfect combination of eco adventures and interactive Cultural encounters and are the must do Once in a lifetime experience during your once in a lifetime visit to the Bay of Islands.
Waitangi Day is in essence New Zealand's national day. It celebrates, on the 6th of February, Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the treaty) signed between Queen Victoria and Ngapuhi chiefs in 1840, This forms the basis of modern New Zealand. It was signed in the Far North, in the Bay of Islands at a place called Waitangi.