Cruise Ships

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Cruise Ship Operations

We operate on days that cruise ships arrive in Tairāwhiti. Our programme is managed specifically on these days so that we can run a Cultural Experience that allows plenty of time for cruise ship passengers to tender the boat. We’re very lucky to be located adjacent where the boats tender berth so we’re basically the first thing you’ll see.


Cultural Experience

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Join Us On Board The Waka Hourua ‘Tairāwhiti’ (Historic Canoe).

You will enjoy epic stories of the region’s voyaging history and its Māori ancestors without leaving the harbour. Take a journey through time with our local storytellers while on board the waka.

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Meet and greet with host

  • Traditional Māori welcome

  • Stories about Aotearoa (New Zealand’s) historic voyagers - from Maui and Kupe, to Kiwa, Paikea and Lieutenant James Cook

  • Learn about the Tairāwhiti historic canoes and the immense navigational feats that led to the discovery of the Pacific Ocean Islands

  • Explore our taonga (treasure), the Waka Hourua ‘Tairāwhiti’

  • Question time before you depart the waka as a member of our whānau (family)

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Discover Our Voyaging History

Time: 1.5 Hours

90 minute Cultural Experiences runs twice a week plus two sessions on days that cruise boats are in town.

Cost: $75 Per Adult | $50 Child (5-15)

- Only 30 tickets available per session!

Cruise Ship months of operation: December, January, February, March, April.

What to bring: Warm clothing, comfortable footwear, sun hat, sunglasses, camera.

No High heels / stilettos.

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