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Maori Whakatau Welcome

Wanaka, New Zealand
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icon30 to 50 minutes  (Approx.)
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The pōwhiri, or welcome, is an important ritual in New Zealand’s Indigenous Māori culture, inviting visitors as they arrive on their whenua (land). Experience a full pōwhiri, including the wero (challenge) and mihi whakatau (welcome speech), first-hand with this unique cultural experience. Connect with local Māori traditions in a way that you simply can’t through guidebooks and museums; learn more about the local iwi (tribe) and their responsibilities as kaitiaki, or custodians of the land.
  • Be welcomed into Otago on the shores of the picturesque Lake Wanaka
  • Take an authentic Māori bone carving home with you to remember your pōwhiri
  • Don’t wait until the day after landing: choose a morning or afternoon pōwhiri
  • For the whole family: children aged 16 and under pay a discounted rate


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Very informative, helpful and Joe is a...
, Sep 2018
Very informative, helpful and Joe is a great guy. Such a great idea to do at the start of a NZ trip. Kids loved it too. Definitely worth doing!!

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