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Māori Culture Whakataū/Welcome - 30 - 45 min

Experience a once in a lifetime, traditional Māori Whakataū and be welcomed to Wanaka.

Highlights

  • The Māori Whakataū is a welcome to New Zealand by the Māori people of NZ
  • Leave with a unique Māori Bone Carving as a souvenir of your experience (optional extra)
  • See the passion of the Māori culture in Wanaka
  • An inspiring cultural experience
  • Connect with this beautiful country, by connecting to its beautiful culture

Immerse yourself in the local New Zealand culture with this unique opportunity to see and experience the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) in this special region of NZ.

The traditional ceremony involves several important elements including:

  • Wero, where a Māori Warrior with Taiaha greets you with a welcoming challenge.
  • Hongi, the traditional Māori greeting. It is a sign of peace where you lightly press noses. The Hongi is a significant gesture, signifying the "Ha"- the breath of life, between two people. By pressing noses you are creating a special connection through a sacred and noble gesture.
  • Haka, a traditional Māori dance, performed for various reasons, such as celebrating an achievement, welcoming distinguished guests, or as a pre-battle challenge. Traditionally, both males and females can perform the Haka. The haka you will witness is completely unique to the area; it pays respect to the Whenua (land) and Whanau (family/people) of the Wanaka and Central Otago region. You will be given an opportunity to perform the Wanaka Haka with the locals if you wish to.

  • Southern Māori History, a brief history of the local Māori and the integration of Pakeha (European) into the Wanaka and surrounding areas.
  • Experience this very special welcome to the beautiful Wanaka region.

    Adult $30.00
    Child $15.00 (17 years and under)

    What's included

    • A 30 - 45 minute cultural experience

    Duration

    • Allow approximately 45 minutes for the whole experience

    Child Friendly

    • This experience welcomes families with children.

    Bad Weather Refunds

    • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

    Notes

    • Child: 17 years and under

      Meeting Point This is to be advised by the tour operator prior to your booked date.

    • A minimum of 4 participants are required per Whakataū. If minimum numbers are not met you will be offered another day or time or a refund.

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    Sanjay from Australia wrote on 11 January 2019

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    Māori Culture Whakataū/Welcome

    Great experience. Excellent.

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    Louisa from New Zealand wrote on 04 August 2019

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    Joe is awesome!!! Totally worth it!

    You will meet Joe at the Wanaka Lake near the Wanaka Tree. His welcome is incredibly and cool. We had a lot of Fun and love listen to Joe! It was awesome. Make your own experience! :-)

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    From Māori Culture Whakataū/Welcome - 30 - 45 min

    Arohanui to you both, enjoy your travels around NZ and thanks for allowing me to share my Māori culture.

    Jacqui from Australia wrote on 14 November 2019

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    Excellent, Joe was lovely

    It was a great experience and recomend taking the time to Learn the history behind it all. We are pleased we did the experience.

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    From Māori Culture Whakataū/Welcome - 30 - 45 min

    Thanks so much Jacqui was a pleasure and honour to share the history of Māori culture here in the South.

    Janelle from Australia wrote on 27 June 2019

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    A highlight of our holiday

    This experience was a highlight of our holiday and suitable for the whole family. Joe was so welcoming and gracious in sharing his knowledge and love of The Māori culture and heritage.

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    From Māori Culture Whakataū/Welcome - 30 - 45 min

    A pleasure and honour to share my Māori culture with you Janelle and whanau.

    Judith Johnson from Australia wrote on 01 February 2019

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    Non existent

    Information was very short on and the address we were given when put into a GPS was no where near a tree you described, so in return we lost our money as we couldn’t locate anyone. We went down to the Wanaka Tree and couldn’t see anyone or find any red cones we were told would be there , very disappointed as we made a special trip to Wanaka just for this experience so left very unhappy.😡

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    From Māori Culture Whakataū/Welcome - 30 - 45 min

    Thanks Judith for the review and I am disappointed you missed out on the Māori Welcome but the day before you were contacted the Māori Welcome would commence at 9am, instead of 10am due to hot weather conditions. I would be more than happy in the future to offer a complimentary Māori Welcome if you are back again.

    10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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