Māori Whakatau Welcome


The Māori Whakataū is a welcome to New Zealand by the indigenous culture of NZ. The Whakataū embraces key aspects of welcoming manuhiri/visitors to New Zealand and making sure you get an authentic connection to the people of this wonderful land and more specifically here in Wanaka and Queenstown. The scenery is one small part of what makes this country so great, to truely connect with any country you must also connect with the people that make the country what it is. Welcome to the world of WanaHaka® in Wanaka and Queenstown.

There is a minimum of 4 required per Whakataū if minimum numbers are not met you will be offered another day or time or complete refund.

Duration 40 to 60 minutes
Voucher Mobile ticket
What's included :
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Wanaka
What's excluded :
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Authentic Māori Bone Carving of your experience
  • WanaHaka Tea Towel Souvenir
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Lake Wanaka, Wanaka New Zealand

In Māori culture we hold two important aspects dear to us. the first being Manaakitanga (Hospitality) and Kaitiakitanga (guardianship of the land) .At WanaHaka® we want you to connect with these 2 important cultural elements.

This Pōwhiri can be done in either Queenstown or Wanaka so please do email first as to your preferred location if required.

You will be greeted by a Wero/Challenge with a Māori Warrior and Taiaha, from here we move through the key elements of the pōwhiri/welcome where we may start as strangers but by the end we end up as whanaua/family.

A truely inspiring cultural experience that combines both the people and the land of Wanaka and Queenstown.

Duration: 45 minutes

Departure Point :
1: #ThatWanakaTree, Roys Bay, 59 Wanaka Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
2: Glendhu Bay Track, Ruby Island Road, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Return Detail :
Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by WanaHaka Wine Tours Maori Culture

Activity ID: V-73623P1

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