WanaHaka® has been operating cycle and wine tours in the beautiful Central Otago of New Zealand since 2008 and being Māori and raised in this part of the world with my great, great grandparents residing here in the late 1870's. We have an understanding and respect for the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) and wants to share that personal and unique experience with YOU.
We have a LOVE for Wanaka but also its surrounding areas, as it is also where the Waitaha who were the original people to make landfall in the South Island made their journey. At WanaHaka® we want to offer you the journey through our Māori footprint history combined with the wonderful award winning wines of the Wanaka and Cromwell region.
Our wine tours are unique as you are greeted with the official Māori greeting the Hōngi, and the unique Wanaka Haka may be delivered at one of the vineyards to stimulate your taste buds for Central Otago Wine.
The WanaHaka® Mihi Whakataū or 'Wanaka Welcome' is delivered as an educational experience breaking down Tikanga/Protocol from Māori to English so the manuhiri/guest leaves feeling educated and empowered. It involves a Wero/Challenge, Hōngi/Greeting and Haka/dance with a brief history of Māori into the Wanaka region and more importantly to provide you with a true, authentic experience of the Māori culture of New Zealand here in Wanaka and Central Otago.
Contemporary Māori culture has been shaped by the traditions of its rich cultural heritage, with an outward view of the challenges faced by indigenous peoples in a global society.
Our Wine tours connect the beautiful wineries around the Wanaka, Queenstown and Cromwell regions with 3 tour options from a 2.5 hr 'Express' option, to our Wine Tour & Māori Culture 5 hour option. We will connect you with the Māori history and people of the land so you get the COMPLETE experience.
At WanaHaka® Tours we believe "Culture is Connection", to get just photos of the land is not the true experience of travelling, connecting with the people of the land provides the authentic, human connection. Together both will make sure you have truely connected with New Zealand.
Our focus is to provide a wine experience and Māori culture experience that services YOU with exceptional experiences, superior service and inspiration that will create friends for life.
We have made it very simple for you to conveniently use the "Book Online" link here on the website to secure your life changing New Zealand experience.