WAI means ‘water’ in Māori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand. And WERA means ‘hot’. Together, they make up WAIWERA, pronounced ‘why-wear-ah’.
The first bottled water in the Southern Hemisphere. Since 1875.
THE WAIWERA AQUIFER
The tranquil valley of Waiwera is nestled in New Zealand’s North Island. Hidden some 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles) deep is one of the main geothermal aquifers in the South Pacific. Here, surrounded mostly by sandstone, the water is completely inaccessible to any possible contamination.
The therapeutic and curative properties of Waiwera water are legendary. The local Māori revered it as 'Te Rata' (‘The Doctor’) for hundreds of years, bathing in and drinking the water that seeped up through the sand on the Waiwera beaches. Today, some 170 years later, we are proud to say ‘the elixir of life’ is still bottled at source.
Carbon dating reveals the water from the Waiwera aquifer to be approximately fifteen thousand years old, which makes our artesian water one of the oldest in the world.
What’s more, it’s low in sodium and rich in naturally occurring minerals, with an optimal taste to perfectly complement food and wine.