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Māori Whakatau Welcome provided by WanaHaka Tours

Māori Whakatau Welcome
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 40-60 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 40-60 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 73623P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Wanaka
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Authentic Māori Bone Carving of your experience
  • WanaHaka Tea Towel Souvenir
Duration
40–60 minutes
Departure details
  • #ThatWanakaTree, Roys Bay, 59 Wanaka Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand There are two different meeting points used for the Māori Welcome so the day before your scheduled booking you will be advised on this platform in your messages on your booking location and all the Māori Tikanga/protocol for the Welcome.
  • Glendhu Bay Track, Ruby Island Road, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand There are two different meeting points used for the Māori Welcome so the day before your scheduled booking you will be advised on this platform in your messages on your booking location and all the Māori Tikanga/protocol for the Welcome.
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Wanaka
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Authentic Māori Bone Carving of your experience
  • WanaHaka Tea Towel Souvenir
Departure details
  • #ThatWanakaTree, Roys Bay, 59 Wanaka Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand There are two different meeting points used for the Māori Welcome so the day before your scheduled booking you will be advised on this platform in your messages on your booking location and all the Māori Tikanga/protocol for the Welcome.
  • Glendhu Bay Track, Ruby Island Road, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand There are two different meeting points used for the Māori Welcome so the day before your scheduled booking you will be advised on this platform in your messages on your booking location and all the Māori Tikanga/protocol for the Welcome.
Duration
40–60 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Lake Wanaka
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    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.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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YonahC
1 contribution
Spellbinding and Genuine Experience
Sep 2021
Ngā mihi nui Joe!
You don't have to be only a tourist or visitor in Wanaka to enjoy the Maori Whakatau Welcome Experience. Joe is the most passionate and knowledgeable local about the Maori Culture and his ancestors.
It is a genuine experience and you will learn a lot and even more that what you would expected. He would take more than 3 hours if he could to explain you every single part of the Maori Culture. Joe has a cheeky sense of humour and during this experience, you will feel spellbinding and apart of the whānau in New Zealand.
I definitely recommend this experience to anyone coming by Wanaka.
Written 29 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JohnNZ-UK
Christchurch, New Zealand67 contributions
Heartfelt & Genuine very memorable experience
May 2021 • Business
We had a large group and we all thoroughly the whakatau traditional welcome experience in Queenstown.

Joe passionately explained the meanings behind everything he did and we all walked away feeling we learnt alot and had a great time doing it.

Joe performed 2 haka and we were amazed at the stories and message that went with them.
All our group found Joe really likeable and easy to talk to.

If you want a genuine Māori experience and to feel well looked after I'd recommend Wanahaka. 👌
Written 25 May 2021
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JoeW3438
The Mihi whakataū/Māori welcome is such a privilege to share and being able to do it with 70 NZ College of Tourism students was very special. Mā te wā/Until next time Joe
Written 1 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lauren S
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
Wanahaka Experience - Best Maori Culture Immersion
Feb 2020
Wanahaka with Joe is by far the best Maori culture experience available in New Zealand. Joe is the perfect vehicle for delivering Maori culture to New Zealanders and travellers alike. Joe has a tremendous gift with people. His ability to build instant raport with everyone he meets with his warm, checky sense of humour and genuine interest in people. Joe's has a special way of intergrating informative facts, in-depth knowledge of New Zealand's history and culture into a really fun and relaxed experience. His interatction with guests gives them a full immersion in Maori Culture and leaves them with a very special connection to NZ.

What guests experience through Joe's Wanahaka tour makes them feel like they have not just been to NZ, but are now apart of NZ. Joe's does a very powerful and moving Haka also. Thank you Joe, for sharing so much with us!
Written 15 April 2020
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JoeW3438
Aaaaawwww Lauren, Thanks so much for the beautiful words. It means a lot to me and I know how blessed I am to be able to share my passion of my Māori culture with you and your extended whānau. Until next Summer!!! Mā te wā Joe
Written 21 April 2020
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GinaM.
4 contributions
Interesting and Enjoyable
Mar 2020
We were in Wanaka on a bike trip and on our last night in NZ together, Joe performed a traditional Maori ritual and explained the meaning. It was very interesting and enjoyable and a perfect ending to an amazing trip.
Written 15 March 2020
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JoeW3438
Thanks for the beautiful review, I am really glad you enjoyed the Māori Welcome and felt a deeper connection to New Zealand as a result of it. Mā te wā/Until next time Joe
Written 21 April 2020
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Dizzydallas
Culver City, CA2 contributions
Best Day Ever
Our experience here was unforgettable. Joe managed to weave together bits of Maori history, language, and culture while sharing his own personal knowledge of the area. He incorporated visual and linguistic background in his haka with stunning views of Lake Wanaka in the background. This was one of my favorite activities on New Zealand. Do not pass it up!
Written 10 March 2020
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JoeW3438
Ngā mihi/Many thanks for such a humbling and wonderful review. It is important for me to connect culture(Māori) and Country(Wānaka, NZ) as a simultaneous experience so you can truely connect to both so it makes me very happy you noticed and acknowledged that as well. Mā te wā/Until next time. Joe
Written 21 April 2020
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kattyhendo
London, UK10 contributions
Outstanding Māori experience
Outstanding morning with Joe. The welcome was phenomenal and so atmospheric in situ. He brought so much knowledge to life in his explanations and answered all questions we had regarding Māori culture. He was fantastic with our baby who wasn’t afraid to interrupt him (!) - sorry. But took her in his stride and included her within his explanations. Absolutely five stars and more to have an immersive experience on the history of New Zealand.
Written 9 March 2020
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acstevo
Yarrawonga, Australia3 contributions
Amazing Educational Maori Experience
Feb 2020
As with other reviews Joe’s Maori welcome and educational experience was one of the highlights of our NZ South Island trip, As we had a group booking Joe was able to tailer a visit to Queenstown for the welcome.
We can’t speak highly enough of the experience!
Written 2 March 2020
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Anasuya M
4 contributions
Enthralling Brief History of Maori Culture
Feb 2020
Joe was amazing - from giving us specific directions to reach the venue, to providing a very captivating peek into Maori culture, dance, and history. Highly recommended!
Written 29 February 2020
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JoeW3438
Ngā mihi for the lovely review. Always fun to share my Māori culture with you. Mā te wā/Until next time Joe
Written 1 April 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RiannanSingh
Manchester, UK2 contributions
Amazing experience
Couldn't recommend more highly. Joe taught us about the history of Maori culture throughout New Zealand and locally in Wanaka and also performed 2 different Haka, breaking down each element detailing it's significance. We also learned several Maori words and Joe sent a PDF with everything we learned which was an amazing bonus. Excellent value for money and well worth taking part in.
Written 20 January 2020
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JoeW3438
I am always delighted by what is remembered and the importance of Tikanga in Māori culture. Ngā mihi nui. Mā te wā /Until next time Joe.
Written 7 February 2020
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RecognizeExcellentPp
Boston, MA8 contributions
Informational, educational and awesome!
Jan 2020 • Couples
Wanaka Joe, aka The Pebble, gave a fantastic display of Maori culture with an in-depth explanation of each part. It was a personal interactive experience that will help you better understand Maori culture and feel more connected to the land you are visiting! Take a chance and pick up the branch!
Written 7 January 2020
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JoeW3438
Aaaaah, The Pebble has spoken. Love it. The distant cousin of The Rock appreciates the beautiful review. Mā te wā /Until next time Joe.
Written 7 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Roselli M
Roselli M
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Good experience
Very good! Joe is amazing and passionate. So nice to have this experience for my friend residency celebration. High
bagpipesgalorr
bagpipesgalorr
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Awesome Experience
Awesome experience. Joe is the best, very knowledgeable and took us to 4 beautiful wineries where he had good relat
leis696
leis696
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Wine Tasting
Had a great experience with Joe the tour-guide and the wine narrators Hazel and Melissa. Will definitely recommend
TGaudin-Brady
TGaudin-Brady
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Very Special Tour
What an amazing trip! Joe was so friendly and went the extra mile to make us feel welcome. His Maori knowledge of t
Jenniewaide
Jenniewaide
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Highly recommended, simply the best.
Joe was a fantastic host, with an awesome personally & great banter. Joe had amazing knowledge of the region & the
gwlucas
gwlucas
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Best value short tour available.
Small group tour with heaps of fun and lots to learn. Great wine tastings in a relaxed setting and Joe is a master
Fieldmouse9
Fieldmouse9
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Great winery experience
This was a great experience, a great tour guide and some good insight to local Maori history. Definitely worth it!
MegFos31
MegFos31
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Great tour, fab guide, next time we'll need to do a longer one.
This was great tour, we had lots of laugh in our small group of 4 with Joe. Very interesting to listen to the histo
Frieksie
Frieksie
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Great experience of Māori footprint, Wanaka vineyards and having a yarn with the owners, whilst wine-tasting
Joe was an amazing tour guide! We were picked up and dropped off from home and had a ball at the vineyards. The win
LizMann
LizMann
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Great wine tour host!
Joe is such a gem. He's friendly and knowledgeable, and great fun on the tour. We had a great time with him, learne
Kris J
Kris J
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E bike tour Wanaka wineries.
This is my second wine tour with the amazing Joe. Wanaka E bike was fantastic, with heaps of fun riding between vin
123ebikes
123ebikes
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E bike Express Tour - Thumbs Up
Joe was a welcoming and knowledgeable host. We did the express tour on e bikes which Joe organised and loved the ex
HM_Banks
HM_Banks
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Culture, History and Tasting - a really nice tour
We spent a couple of hours listening to Joe's amazing knowledge of the Maori history and culture of this area, comb
Rach0C0
Rach0C0
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A lovely way to spend an afternoon
Absolutely loved the beautiful scenery cycling around Lake Wanaka, delicious wine and wonderful guide. Highly recom
405hilarya
405hilarya
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Not to be missed experience in Wanaka.
Joe’s great personality and safe comfortable driving - along with the delicious wines of course - ensured a super
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