Wine Tour with Māori Culture (3 tour options available)
You will receive the authentic Māori culture & wine experience, visiting boutique and more personalised Central Otago wineries in the Wanaka, Tarras, Cromwell and Queenstown area with a high likelihood of the wine maker hosting.
There are three different tour options available with WanaHaka® to suit your needs.
1) A 3 hour tour which forms the ’Short ’n Sweet Wine Tour' is ideal from $139 per person in the Wanaka and Tarras area which includes all tastings of 10-14 including Pinot Noir, Rose, Sav Blanc, Chardonnay and transfers*.
2) A 4 hour tour which forms the ‘Wine Tour with Māori Culture Wanaka’ & ‘Wine Tour with Māori Culture Queenstown' from $189pp in the Wanaka/Cromwell includes all tastings of 15-20 including Pinot Noir, Rose, Sav Blanc, Chardonnay and even a Blondie or Honi, transfers* and cheese platter for 2 plus.
3) A 5 hour tour which forms the ‘Wero Wine Tour' from $239pp in the Wanaka/Cromwell includes all tastings of 22-26 including Pinot Noir, Rose, Sav Blanc, Chardonnay and even a Blondie or Honi, transfers* and cheese platter for 2 plus.
This is the only wine tour in Central Otago that connects the amazing wines and land with our Māori culture of New Zealand
Māori Culture (30-45 min)
At WanaHaka we have 3 different Whakataū/Wanaka welcome options.
1. There is a single price option, this option is ideal if you want to experience the welcome at the tree in the water #thatwanakatree with performance times and outline attached. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
2. The small group option here is designed for groups of 10+and is ideal if you want to experience the welcome at the tree in the water #thatwanakatree or at a specific location in Queenstown or Wanaka. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
3.This is a Wedding welcome option with a set fee regardless of the number of your wedding 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 New Zealand bone carvings are included. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, and their story is both long and intriguing. On the basis of oral records, archaeological finds and genetic analyses, historical treaties place the arrival of Māori in New Zealand in the thirteenth century AD.
The origin of Māori has been reliably traced to the islands of Eastern Polynesia, and their journey to New Zealand occurred in a number of epic waka (canoe) voyages over a significant period of time. These journeys established Māori as daring and resourceful adventurers, and as one of the greatest navigating peoples of all time.
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.
The Hongi (press noses) is the traditional Māori greeting and is a sign of peace, life and well being and represents a connection between people and the Tangata Whenua (people of the land). The Hongi is a gentle pressing of noses which creates a connection and the "Ha"- the breath of life, between two people. WanaHaka embraces this Māori custom because we want you to experience the authenticity of Maori culture in New Zealand.
The Haka is a traditional Maori dance. Māori haka are performed for various reasons, such as celebrating an achievement, welcoming distinguished guests, or as a pre-battle challenge. Contrary to popular belief, a haka is not always a war dance, and may be performed by both men and women.
The haka attained international fame as a result of the pre-game haka performed by New Zealand national sports teams, particularly the All Blacks rugby team.
The cultural haka performed at WanaHaka is a specifically designed haka that pays respect to the Whenua (land) and Whanau (family/people) of the Wanaka and Central Otago region and is unique to this area so is very Tapu (sacred) and limited in its presentation.