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Wine Tour with Māori Culture Wānaka

Where past meets present. A unique and exciting experience combining Māori Culture and some of the amazing Central Otago Wines. Past and present come together as one.


  • Unique wine experience with Māori culture
  • Showcasing some of the best wineries in Central Otago in the Wanaka, Tarras and Cromwell area
  • Authentic New Zealand experience
  • Approximately 18-22 wine tastings and food

Your day begins at 11 am, when you will be collected from your Wanaka accommodation.

You will unfortunately not be welcomed with a Māori greeting, the Hongi, which helps to establish a connection with you and the Māori people of New Zealand and the Whenua (land). But an explanation will occur about the importance of it.

A quick 5-minute drive gets you to Aitkens Folly or Rippon where you will get to try a delectable selection of Pinot Noir, Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and more!

The second winery is Māori Point near Tarras, following that is the Dessert Heart winery. At Dessert Heart, you may get treated to a live performance of the Māori Dance the 'Haka'(numbers dependant).

Your last stop will be either Mt Difficulty, Wooing Tree or Akarua before your drive back to Wanaka.

This is a truly insightful and interesting way to learn about the local Māori history, enjoy some tasty snacks and lovely wines while gaining insight into the history of the beautiful Otago, Queenstown and Gibbston regions.

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Per Person $199.00

What's included

  • Beverages (including all wine tastings)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Cheese platter


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience

Legal Drinking Age Enforced

  • To consume Alcohol you must be over the legal drinking age. You may be asked to produce Government Issued ID to prove your age.


  • There is a minimum of 2 required per tour, if minimum numbers are not met you will be offered another day or time or complete refund.

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Andrea Luksts from Canada wrote on 27 February 2020

Fantastic, authentic, a marvellous day!

We were delighted to spend the day with Joe as he took us to three lovely wineries around Wanaka. After a traditional Maori greeting, he spent the drive to different places teaching us the Maori and settler history of the Otago region. It is clear he is held in high esteem by the winery owners and staff, who greeted him and us warmly at each location. Delicious cheese platter at Wooing Tree included which was the perfect accompaniment to all the wines we sampled. Honestly it could not have been a more perfect day and we highly recommend it as a unique and authentic Wanaka experience. Thanks Joe!! ~ Andrea and Anne Marie

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Ngā mihi nui Andrea and Anne Marie, my Canadian sistas was so much fun to host and share the wonderful Māori history of the region and our incredible wines as well. Mā te wā/Until next time Joe

Trine Mikkelsen from Denmark wrote on 12 March 2020

So good!

Amazing guide (Joe), amazing wine and an amazing experience!

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Ashleigh Cockayne from Australia wrote on 01 October 2019

An amazing immersive experience

Joe the tour guide was amazing. Learning the Mauri history and culture along the drive amplified the experience and the local wines were beyond our expectations. Would recommend this tour to anyone travelling in the Queenstown/Wanaka region. We will definitely be back!

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Ngā mihi/Many thanks Ash and Nic, really enjoyed hosting you both and so glad to hear you enjoyed the combined Māori culture and wine experience. Look forward to hosting you again....for your wedding :) Mā te wā / Until next time Joe

Lance Watson from Australia wrote on 09 May 2019

Fantastic Personal Tour

Looked after from start to finish. Joe has a very unique and personal business. It was a great mix of learning about the Moari Culture and experiencing the wines of the region. Well worth the experience.

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Nga mihi/Thanks Lance, Was a great tour, a lot of fun sharing the wines of Central Otago and Māori history of region with you both.


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