Waitapu comes from the Maori language meaning “Sacred Water” and the family has always taken their guardianship of the property very seriously planting over 80,000 native trees, many raised from seed on the property since the purchase in 2000. The bio-diversity of plants in the vineyard is a very important element of Waitapu Estate ecology which has become home to many New Zealand birds. With solar panels for electricity and the large range of plants, plus minimal use of fuels, makes us close to carbon neutral.