Guided tour

Waitangi: Traditional Maori Waka River Tour & Treaty Grounds

Waitangi: Traditional Maori Waka River Tour & Treaty Grounds

From £72.20 per person

Explore the Waitangi River estuary during a 3-hour voyage on a sturdy traditional canoe captained by an experienced local Maori guide. Discover Haruru Falls and hear about Ngapuhi customs. Benefit from an included 2-day pass to Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Maori


  • Enjoy a Maori cultural experience with a 3-hour tour in a traditional canoe (waka)
  • Paddle through the Waitangi River estuary in a sturdy waka
  • Find out about native customs from the Ngapuhi guides
  • Hear about the sacred nature of Haruru Falls
  • Obtain an all-inclusive 2-day pass to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Full description
Hop in a waka (a sturdy traditional canoe) and explore the calm waters of the Waitangi River estuary on a 3-hour tour with an experienced local Maori guide. Learn native paddling techniques, and hear about Ngapuhi customs, legends, and history. Visit the sacred Haruru Falls, keep an eye out for local wildlife, and take advantage of magical photo opportunities of the Waitangi River estuaries and forest. Enjoy learning a traditional war dance with your guide, and discover a Ngapuhi meeting house where you might get the chance to meet members of this Maori community. What’s more, this tour also includes a free 2-day pass to visit and explore the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. With your pass, delight in an authentic and interactive cultural experience at Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site. While there, discover the story of New Zealand’s history and the story of two peoples coming together as one under the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, at this award-winning national attraction.
  • 3-hour waka tour
  • Maori interpretation of living landscapes
  • Interactive cultural activities
  • View of a sacred Maori marae (village)
  • Haruru Falls
  • Traditional storytelling from the Ngapuhi guides
  • Taiamai haka, songs, and chants lesson
  • All-inclusive 2-day pass to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • All safety equipment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at the Waitangi River Boat Ramp for the departure point. Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Rain gear
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it's canceled due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • A minimum number of travelers is required for the tour to take place. If it's canceled because the minimum isn't met, you'll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • The local partner reserves the right to change, alter, or cancel any of the tour options due to adverse weather, events, or conditions that may occur beyond their control.
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Product ID: 363345