What you'll do
See the Central Otago land first travelled by the Māori people and learn about the customs and traditions that still thrive with a whakataū/welcome. We'll visit an area where the first non-Māori people—European settlers guided by the chief of the Tuturau—visited in 1853. You'll connect to Māori culture as you experience the Wero/Challenge laid down by a Māori warrior brandishing a Taiaha and learn the traditional Hongi greeting—where you press your nose and forehead together with another person—and why it is done. I'll teach you the Haka, a Māori dance specific to the region of Central Otago, and explain what each action means. The Whakataū will take place even in light rain as the Maori of the 1700’s did not have access to rain jackets and neither shall I. Experience the authenticity and originality as it should be. PS I can provide umbrellas. Following this on the Wanaka lakefront at The Wanaka Tree we will then travel about 15 minutes to an authentic Animal/Alpaca Farm visit, potential feeding and insight.
I'm of Māori heritage. My great-great-great-grandparents were among the first people to settle in Central Otago. I have a deep love for this area and a strong connection to it. I want to share my passion for Māori culture and offer you a personal journey through our history and region. I support the 'Tiaki Promise' where we encourage international and domestic travellers to experience Aotearoa New Zealand in a way that keeps everyone safe, protects our environment, respects our culture and protects our country for future generations.
To the Animal farm Experience
6 Seat people mover
Taiaha weapon Sticks
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Where you'll be
From Wanaka lakefront CBD, it's a 10 minute walk along the lake to the Wanaka Tree in the Water. We'll stand where Māori walked and hunted for food, and we'll experience the traditions of the Māori people. You will be challenged (Wero) with the Taiaha to confirm why you are here. To see the mountains & lakes is great, but to connect with the Tangata whenua/people of land is Connection. We will then travel by people mover to an Alpaca Farm visit.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 6 guests ages 6 and up can attend.
If you can't see suitable availability, send me a message and I'll see what I can do to host you.
Māori Welcome & Animal farm experience
₹4,155 / person
₹4,155 / person