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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
+64 9-402 7437
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand's most important historic site, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and the indigenous Maori in February 1840. Set on a stunning site overlooking the Bay of Islands, Waitangi is an absolute must-see for all visitors to the North, international and New Zealanders alike. Attractions include the historic Treaty House, a giant flagstaff, a unique fully carved Maori meeting house and the the world's largest single-hulled canoe (waka). Guided tours and cultural performances run at regular intervals throughout the day. Open daily except Christmas.
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1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
+64 9-402 7437
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Reviewed yesterday

Fascinating visit enhanced by excellent guide using ear pieces to ensure everyone in the group could hear

Thank Solitair
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Walked 2km from Paihia easy. Spent most day wandering around after guided tour great guy real character. Then cultural performance great too. Museum done really well easy to spend couple hours in here. Gift shop quite expensive. Go if you get chance.

Thank Kerrie O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fabulous evening, commentary glass of wine, explanation of hangi cooking and lifting of the food to start with. Welcome procedure walking up through the bush with the challenge, conch shell call and koauau sounds mixed with birds and bush was beautiful experience. I have not...More

1  Thank Diane H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As we came in via a cruise ship they offered a 20% discount on the entry fee. The entry fee included a guided tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide, a fantastic cultural performance and the chance to wander through the very new, interactive museum and...More

Thank Coconutcath
Reviewed 3 days ago

The museum is the real highlight here. So informative and presented in a variety of accessible ways. We could have spent a day just in the museum.

Thank weener2015
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Hangi was fabulous. The walk through the bush with challenges from the Maori chiefs was very exciting with Maori calls all around. The concert was the highlight for me. The tribute to the 25th Maori Battalion was very emotional and their performance was excellent....More

Thank GailThom
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our tour guide Kaz was hilarious, with a dry sense of humour. If you're doing the tour, keep in mind that you won't be taken inside the House of Assembly during the tour, so if you're keen to go inside, don't do the tour around...More

Thank Stef T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I did find it fascinating how the history of the treaty is presented, the museum is great, and I enjoyed the cultural performance in the Meeting House, better than another one I saw, though they are all very similar in what they do. However our...More

Thank Anne-Marie M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is an absolute must do! It takes a long time to go round if you want to see everything properly. A fascinating story behind the highly contentious Waitangi treaty that takes you from the early colonisation by French and the British, up until present...More

Thank Alistair J
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds were very interesting. We learnt a lot about New Zealand history, well worth a visit.

Thank michaelbN5695YM
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15 November 2017|
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Response from DaveBAmersham | Reviewed this property |
The guided tour took about 45 minutes. I would say it would not not be suitable for young children. There are no facilities that would be of interest like play areas. The tour would not be of interest because of the deep... More
Rachel H
23 February 2017|
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Response from 106emt | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a entry fee to the treaty grounds but well worth it, and you do not have to do the guided tour - that is extra - quite easy to have a look around yourself but will learn so much more with the guided tour.
10 December 2016|
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Response from Waitangi T | Property representative |
Kia Ora and thanks for your question. You can arrive any time during the day, no problem. If you intend taking a guided tour they leave every hour, and our first cultural performance is at 11am, then at 1pm and 3pm so you... More