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Māori Welcome Experience

workshop

Māori Welcome Experience

4 reviews
Duration
1 hour
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
workshop

Māori Welcome Experience

workshop

Māori Welcome Experience

4 reviews
Duration
1 hour
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

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. There are 2 different meeting points for this experience and you will be advised of the meeting point the day before your Māori Welcome date is scheduled. Both locations are relatively close together.

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    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

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    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

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Your host

Learn more about Joe

Joe

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.

What's included

Equipment
Taiaha weapon Sticks

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Where you'll be

From Wanaka lakefront CBD, it's a 5 minute drive for you to our meeting point. 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.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 2 and up can attend. There is a 3 guest minimum for this experience to go ahead.

More tips

If you can't see suitable availability, send me a message and I'll see what I can do to host you.
Joe
Māori Welcome Experience
4 reviews
From €19/person
4 reviews
From €19/person