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The Ngaruawahia Regatta

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Every year, late in March, a peculiar sight can be witnessed on the Waikato River, near Ngaruawahia in the North Island of New Zealand. As summer draws to a close, and the days get shorter, visitors to this small community get both a taste of history and a chance to join in a true festive atmosphere when the Ngaruawahia Regatta takes to the water.
During the regatta, visitors can watch tribal dance competitions and other Maori activities, but the main draw is the waka (war canoe) races that take place. It is a sight that has to be seen to be believed, and you can't help but be swept up in the celebrations.
Ngaruawahia has long been synonymous with the Maori people, and is... [more ]

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