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Wine Tour & Māori Culture Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand

Experience hosted by Joe

5 hours
Includes food, drinks, transportation
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

1) We depart Wanaka and pick up from your Wanaka accommodation at 11:00am with the Māori greeting the Hongi establishing the connection with you the guest and the Māori people of New Zealand and the land, then with a 5 minute drive to Aitkens Folly or Rippon where a selection of Pinot Noir, Gris, Sav Blanc and more will be in tasting. The second winery being Māori Point near Tarras, then we visit the Dessert Heart winery. Then onto either Mt Difficulty, Wooing Tree or Akarua before our drive back to Wanaka. Along this tour you will get a insight into the Māori footprint and history from many hundreds of years ago of the beautiful Otago region and the Queenstown and Wanaka region. We aim to get back to your accommodation about 3pm, but to be honest the experiences always go about an hour over time because we have so much fun!!!!
Other things to note
Bring a camera so you can get photos and video of the Maori culture experience, and beautiful scenery. If you can't see suitable availability, send me a message and I'll see what I can do to host you.
1) We depart Wanaka and pick up from your Wanaka accommodation at 11:00am with the Māori greeting the Hongi establishing the connection with you the guest and the Māori people of New Zealand and the land, then with a 5 minute drive to Aitkens Folly or Rippon where a selection of Pinot Noir, Gris, Sav Blanc and more will be in tasting. The second winery being Māori Point near Tarras, then we visit the Dessert Heart winery. Then onto either Mt Di…

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What's included

  • Food
    cheese platter for 2+ pax
  • Drinks
    Wine Tasting included and bottled water provided
  • Transportation
    Transportation in a modern people mover fully air conditioned
From $149
/ person
Book for a private group
Wed, 28 Apr
$149 per person
$149 per person
Sat, 1 May
$149 per person
$149 per person
Sat, 22 May
$149 per person
$149 per person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Meet your host, Joe

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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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 and an even stronger connection to the wines in it as well. I want to share my passion for Māori culture and our local wines and offer you a personal journey through our history and region.
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Where you'll be

We will visit the southern most vineyards in the world in the Wanaka, Tarras and Bannockburn region that produce amazing, award winning wines. We may visit Old Cromwell Town an historic gold rush town from the 1860's that offers an amazing insight into the history of Central Otago and along the way an immersion into Māori footprint in this region from the 1300's to 1800's which will enlighten and educate your complete New Zealand experience.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 18 reviews.

Emma
March 2020
Had a gorgeous time with “the pebble” - a genuinely wonderful and humble guy that loves what he does. So welcoming, insightful and fun to be around. Couldn’t recommend the man highly enough. If you’re in Wanaka DO THIS TRIP! You can learn about the indigenous history of the island and drink some of the best wine in the area. What’s not to love!?
Had a gorgeous time with “the pebble” - a genuinely wonderful and humble guy that loves what he does. So welcoming, insightful and fun to be around. Couldn’t recommend the man high…
Gary & Giselle
March 2020
Joe was amazing. Right from the moment the picked us up he explained traditional Maori greeting. Also, he gave a lot of history throughout the ride between the wineries. Aside from that though he made a conscious effort to bond with us - talking about how to live and care for this land. Joe went above and beyond and really felt like being at home hanging out with a friend.
Joe was amazing. Right from the moment the picked us up he explained traditional Maori greeting. Also, he gave a lot of history throughout the ride between the wineries. Aside from…
Olubunmi
January 2020
The wine tour was very good. Joe is a very friendly person and we got to know about the culture. I will recommend this tour to people visiting Wanaka.
Sarah
January 2020
We had a great day with Joe! We learned about the Maori culture and tasted some amazing wines along the way. I even shipped a case back to the US from one winery. Would recommend!
Vanessa
January 2020
Great experience with Joe! He’s very welcoming and a great host! I took the welcome and wine tour and can absolutely recommend it! It was a great experience !
Jack
December 2019
Joe is an absolute gem of a human being and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I got to spend with him and the others on this amazing wine tour. Joe makes sure to connect you to the local culture and bring you in to the family of the Maori culture of New Zealand. He has such a zest and passion for his culture and life in general. One can honestly not stop smiling while on this tour and it’s not just because of the delicious wines. Joe knew the answer to each and every question I had while making me feel at home in New Zealand. Please do yourself a favor and take this tour. It’s phenomenal. When I return to Wanaka with friends and family, I will definitely be treating them to this experience. As a side note, the wineries are also fantastic. The wines were spectacular and some of my favorites I have ever tasted. It’s extremely unique to have wines that are irrigated via glacial waters in incredible micro climates. I came home with several bottles. Book this tour now:)
Joe is an absolute gem of a human being and I thoroughly enjoyed the time I got to spend with him and the others on this amazing wine tour. Joe makes sure to connect you to the loc…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Comfortable clothing including a jacket

Camera for photos of the Hongi, Vineyards, Mountains and Haka