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Wedding Māori Welcome provided by WanaHaka Tours

Wedding Māori Welcome
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$256.42
per group (up to 1)
About
If you are looking to include New Zealand Maori culture and a Welcome to Wanaka/Queenstown and to your special day this Powhiri welcome is a unique and special memory to include in your wedding day. Because it is personalised we can discuss what best suits your needs, from experience it is ideally suited prior to the Bride, Groom and Wedding party entering the reception, or at a gathering with all guests and family prior to the wedding day itself. The Bridge and Groom get a bone carving and the guests and wedding party get an experience they will remember in your wedding forever.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 73623P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • All activities
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to and from the venue by WanaHaka® will be added as a separate charge.
Duration
30m
Departure details
  • Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island At their wedding venue
Additional information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • All activities
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to and from the venue by WanaHaka® will be added as a separate charge.
Departure details
  • Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island At their wedding venue
Duration
30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Wanaka
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Lake Wanaka
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Shane Sharlene R
2 contributions
Wedding
Oct 2019 • Friends
We recently used Joe from WanaHaka
To surprise our daughter and new son in law on their very special day. The wedding guests were a mix of both Kiwis and Aussies. This experience was very well received. Both bride and groom loved it. We all loved and learned so much. Joe explained every meaning/translation. Whaikorero-opening/greeting
Wero- challenge
Mana-spirit of person/prestige
Kia-Kaha -stand/be strong Etc
We would highly recommend Joe for any occasion.
Thank you so much Joe for adding a breathtaking performance to this very precious day.

We will remember this for ever xo
Respect..
Shane & Sharlene Rudkin
Written 29 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JoeW3438
My absolute honour to welcome your lovely daughter and new son in law and all guests to the Central Otago region and specifically the Cardrona Hotel where the Mihi Whakataū/ Māori Welcome was. Hope you had a wonderful time here in Wanaka. Mā te wā / Until next time. Joe
Written 6 November 2019
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Kseniya N
1 contribution
An Absolute Highlight of our Wedding Day!!!
Mar 2019 • Family
I reached out to Joe approximately 10 months before our special day in Gibbston Valley, Central Otago. Since the very first email he was absolutely amazing and super helpful. My husband comes from a Maori heritage and I really wanted to honour his ancestors on our wedding day. Joe kept everything a secret and surprised our guests and my husband with a beautiful welcome and blessing in Maori. In total Joe carried out the following:

Whaikorero -opening greeting
Kia Ora- Hello
Whakatau - Welcome
Wero - Challenge
Hongi - greeting
Haka - Maori Dance
Mana- Prestige/ Spirit of person
Kia Kaha- Stand/Be Strong
Ka kite ano - Goodbye

Everything was absolutely to the best possible standard! I wish that we had met Joe earlier to experience more of what WanaHaka offers!

Much love, Kseniya and Travis
Written 31 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kseniya and Travis, Such a beautiful honour it was to deliver the Whakata at your wedding reception entry. Your mana and spirit was truely connected with the whenua/land which i felt. To many beautiful years of marriage and next time you are down we are out on a Wine Tour with Māori Culture to acknowledge past and present. Arohanui Joe
Written 5 April 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Polly
1 contribution
Wonderful Experience
Dec 2018 • Friends
Topped off a remarkable wedding in a remarkable destination. Joe was simply incredible with his performance and then with his explanation of the Maori Powhiri and Welcome. A great insight for everyone as to what it all actually means. Thoroughly enjoyed by all and would recommend to anyone.
Written 8 January 2019
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Kelcey M
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Highlight of the trip - Must Do
Jan 2019 • Family
I brought my family visiting from the states to see Joe's Maori Whakataū at the Wanaka Tree and the experience was incredible. Joe was warm and welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable. My parents have visited me here in Wanaka four other times and said this was a highlight of all of their trips so far. Don't delay, and book in straight away!
Written 6 January 2019
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Kia ora Kelcey and whanau, Thanks so much for allowing me to share the Māori culture with your fam, was so much fun and your Mum and Dad were awesome. Great memories for both sides. Ngā Mihi Joe
Written 7 January 2019
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Mahdi-Jhan Sandford
2 contributions
Beautiful wedding powhiri!
Oct 2018 • Couples
My husband and I were very fortunate to have Joe Waide from WanaHaka perform a Whakatau for our wedding in Queenstown, this entailed a beautiful Whaikorero (opening greeting), Haka (traditional maori war dance) and hongi (greeting). I found Joes number via the WanaHaka website and since the first call he made the whole process so personal and seamless. Joe’s performance was strong, powerful and deeply moving. I am a kiwi with Maori ancestry but husband is Australian as are his parents thus they had no idea what to expect with having a maori ceremony proceeding the celebrants ceremony, needless to say they and my other guests were completely blown away with the energy Joe brought to his performance. Joe is an absolute gentleman and so accommodating, he explains everything in thorough detail and personalises his performance to suit your needs. I really cannot recommend Joe highly enough, especially if you are looking for a beautiful “kiwi” edge to your wedding or to any function for that matter.

Thanks again Joe you bloody legend! x
Written 18 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

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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
yonusyc
yonusyc
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Spellbinding and Genuine Experience
Ngā mihi nui Joe! You don't have to be only a tourist or visitor in Wanaka to enjoy the Maori Whakatau Welcome Expe
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
JohnNZ-UK
JohnNZ-UK
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Heartfelt & Genuine very memorable experience
We had a large group and we all thoroughly the whakatau traditional welcome experience in Queenstown. Joe passion
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
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