Wine Tour & 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.
A 2.5/3 hour tour which forms the ’Express Wine Tour & Māori Culture' is ideal from $74.50 per person in the Wanaka and Tarras area which includes all tastings of 10-16 including Pinot Noir, Rose, Sav Blanc, Chardonnay and transfers*.
A 5 hour tour which forms the ‘Wine Tour & Māori Culture Wanaka’ & ‘Wine Tour with Māori Culture Queenstown' from $199pp in the Wanaka/Cromwell includes all tastings of 16-22 including Pinot Noir, Rose, Sav Blanc, Chardonnay and even a Blondie or Honi, transfers* and cheese/grazing platter for 2 plus.
A 4 hour tour which forms the ‘Wine Tour & Māori Culture Queenstown' from $199pp in the Queenstown/Gibbston area which includes all tastings of 16-20 including Pinot Noir, Rose, Sav Blanc, Chardonnay, transfers* and cheese/grazing 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
Why combine Wine Tour & Māori Culture
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.
It was important to share a story of our heritage in the Central Otago region with the amazing varietals of wines now available in the region as well and how our natural landscape has played such a vital part to the success of wines in this region so by combining whenua/land with whānau/family the Wine Tour & Māori Culture was created.
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.