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Māori Welcomes


Māori Whakataū - lndividuals / Families 

See the Central Otago land first travelled by the Māori people and learn about the customs and traditions that still thrive with a mihi whakataū/welcome. We'll visit an area where the first non-Māori people—European settlers guided by the chief of the Tuturau—visited in 1853. You'll connect to Māori culture as you experience the Wero/Challenge laid down by a Māori warrior brandishing a Taiaha and learn the traditional Hongi greeting—where you press your nose and forehead together with another person—and why it is done. I'll explain to you the Haka, a Māori dance specific to the region of Central Otago, and explain what each action means. The Mihi Whakataū will take place even in light rain as the Maori of the 1700’s did not have access to rain jackets and neither shall I. Experience the authenticity and originality as it should be. PS I can provide umbrellas.There are 2 different meeting points for this experience and you will be advised of the meeting point the day before your Māori Welcome date is scheduled. Both locations are relatively close together.

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Māori Whakataū - Conferences/Group

The Māori Whakataū/Welcome will connect you to the whenua/land and start a conference or group welcome with the intent of facing front on all challenges we all face as a group, business, individuals. It will build a bond of togetherness/whānau/family, and leave you feeling vitalised for the conference.

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Māori Whakataū - Weddings

This is a Wedding welcome group option to the beautiful Central Otago region of Wanaka and Queenstown with a set fee regardless of the number of your guests. This is more personalised towards YOUR wedding and to provide your guests with a unique Māori culture experience to include in your special day here in New Zealand. For the Bride and the Groom their own authentic Pounamu carved by a local carver is included. If you can't see suitable availability, send me a message or email to check availability.