Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Waitangi Treaty Grounds welcomes you on a journey of the place where much of New Zealand’s history was shaped. An absolute must-do for all visitors to New Zealand, the award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a national treasure and tells our nation’s history of two peoples coming together under the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Enjoy an interactive full-day experience in the two contemporary museums, powerful cultural performances in Te Whare Rūnanga, insightful guided tours, traditional Māori waka (war canoe), and café all with stunning views over the Bay of Islands. Hāngi and concert evenings are scheduled during the summer months – an intimate cultural experience not to be missed. The award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must-do for all visitors to the Bay of Islands.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Admission tickets
from $60.00
All you need to step foot in the door.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
The area
See what travellers are saying
  • Lydia S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waitangi Treaty Grounds should 100% be on your bucket list!
    Waitangi Treaty Grounds should 100% be on your bucket list. Our experience actually began in the Cafe whilst we waited for our escorted tour to begin. The cafe staff were very friendly and enjoyed a delicious brekkie before starting our tour. I've forgotten the Gentlemen's name, but our tour guide of the grounds was wonderful. Extremely knowledgeable and authentic and passionate about the Historic event that took place on the grounds. Afterwards we experienced the cultural performance. This was moving and very powerful (bought me to tears) I feel very honoured to of witnessed this and thanks go to the performers for giving my friend and I what I call a memorable travel memory ❤️ Thank You!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Helen W
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for any visitor to Aotearea NZ - Admission + cultural concert (tour included)
    This is such an important introduction to understanding New Zealand history. We were so pleased to be here on our 3rd day in the country. The tour guide was brilliant and what he told us was so interesting. The singers had beautiful voices and the Māori welcome moved me to tears it was so impactful. The whole site and the many exhibits are carefully and attractively presented. Incredible what we learnt in the military service exhibit. The sacrifices of Māori people in wars will stay with us forever. The Treaty Grounds is in a stunning location a very pleasant 20 minute walk from Paihia jetty. Great views from here over to Russell and all around. A must for any visitor to Aotearoa New Zealand.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • MereteMadsen
    Assens, Denmark225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place of interest
    This being a Very important place for New Zealanders, we thought we should go. I do agree that the Price is extremely high! But if you are a person who are interested in history, you ought to go. As English is not our primary language, we are Scandinavians, some of the displays were too “heavy” for us…also we found some rooms Way too dark….. Still I think it is a place you should visit…to get a little back ground
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Danni
    Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Standing on hollowed ground
    This is an experience well worth taking the time to explore. You will need to allow some time though for exploring. The tour very informative and well told by engaging guide. The museum’s well worth spending more time absorbing history. Tour takes 50 minutes and cultural experience 30 mins. Grounds well maintained and views spectacular. Cafe on ground though we were to late to sample fare. I wouldn’t go if raining though as tour mainly outside. Overall great experience for the whole family.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • SKB2023
    Whangarei, New Zealand42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So good
    I’ve been to the waitangi treaty grounds once before (2020) and thought it was amazing, I decided to bring the kids back for a visit today and was impressed We did the tour, our guide Hemi was great, very knowledgeable and kept his talk interesting. The grounds are beautiful, such a lovely view and the museum is really well presented. I could easily spend all day here exploring if I was on my own. The kids (6 and 8) made use of the clipboard and questions and answer sheet with drawings to do which helped keep them engaged. The were rewarded at the end for completing it with a couple of lollies and a certificate which they were proud of. I think it’s such an important place for all New Zealanders to visit and a great experience for anyone from overseas
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Stacey L
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important history
    Overall we felt that the museums and the Māori cultural performance were fantastic. The tour guide we had though focused almost exclusively on the colonial aspect of the history and we felt it really missed the balance of the Māori perspective. Highly recommend visiting the grounds overall.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2024
  • FranckinLeiden
    Leiden, The Netherlands79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My top visit so far in NZ NI !!!
    A must visit place if you want to learn something about the history of New Zealand. Heemi our very positive guide told us all about the history of his ancestors. Thank you Heemi for sharing all your knowledge with us. On this grounds the Treaty between the British crown and a large group of Maori tribes was signed. A waka was performed in the sacred Maori house. A great performance to watch! For the rest a beautiful collection of plants and trees. I very much enjoyed watching this all.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 January 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles5,276 reviews
Excellent
3,755
Very good
1,163
Average
223
Poor
66
Terrible
69

Deborah E
Bristol, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had a fantastic day out here, great guide, very knowledgeable. Huge museum with lots of information and history. Good paced tour
Written 8 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ian S
Old Beach, Australia339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We went here in February 2024, even though Tripadvisor keeps showing the date as January. This is the 3rd time I have had to do this Review.
We selected the Experience Pass which was valid for 2 days and included a guided tour and a Cultural Performance. The guided tour provided headsets, so we were easily able to hear the tour guide at all times. Shane was very good and full of information which he explained clearly. The Cultural Performance was excellent and very well presented with photo opportunities with the performers afterwards.
Written 31 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Claire M
Whangarei, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Our family took the guided tour and our tour guide was absolutely amazing…Ceci (sorry if I misspelled). Her tour was so informative plus engaging and entertaining. The whole family including our preteens learned a lot and felt inspire to learn more. Thank you!
Written 28 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jane G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I thought I would learn a little about the Māori culture and see some commercialized dances. Instead, we were treated to a cultural experience with only 5 performers, all with beautiful, strong voices. The performances by these highly talented individuals felt very authentic and personal. The performance was followed by an incredible tour. Our guide Cici was not only knowledgeable about the history of New Zealand, it was obvious she had a deep understanding of the Māori people and their interactions with the foreigners who came to New Zealand. It felt as though we were being led and taught by our favorite college professor. She found out where we were from and then told us how people from our part of the world first came to New Zealand and their roles both positive and negative in New Zealand’s history. I learned so much from her witty narrative!
Having experienced other tour guides on our trip to New Zealand, I was nervous I would have a difficult time hearing or understanding what was being said. First, comfortable earphones we passed out, then Cici made sure we could hear and understand her. By the end of the tour, every one in our group was commenting on how they had never had such a great tour guide who imparted so much knowledge in a fun and interesting manner. This experience is a must do when you are near the Bay of Islands! You will leave with a much greater understanding of New Zealand’s past and present.
Written 28 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sharon C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
CC has been a FABULOUS tour guide!!!!!
She is widely informed and humorous in her delivery!! She was extremely personable and able to engage with people of such a wide variety of countries!! What a delight as well were her language skills to those in us in her group.
I’ve been on this tour several times before as we’ve hosted guests to NZ, but never before with such a well-informed and entertaining guide. Kia ora.
Written 23 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Graham M
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had felt that $60 entry was steep but read reviews and decided to go. We are so glad we did as it was excellent, a model which could be copied. We had been in some very good free museums so did not resent paying this one time. All tourists should make an effort to learn about the history of the countries they visit and compare it to their own.

Our tips would be to go when it opens and is quiet. Book the 1000 guided tour which leads to the excellent cultural show. I volunteered to be the chief - great fun and guarantees a front row seat! If you can, go for the second day, go early again and see everything crowd free.
Written 21 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Culture00504444513
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My Mum and I came to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to find out more about our ancestors. Shane was an excellent tour guide through the grounds for our guided tour, the group who did the cultural performance were spectacular both after the tour and during the night time Hangi and Concert experience.
The Hangi was so great, sitting next to all different people from all over the world learning about this one culture and sharing stories. The team who prepared the Hangi and did all the greetings and blessings were so wonderful and welcoming.
I would definitely come back to do this experience again one day.
Written 10 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John G
Saint Georges-super-Ely, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The guide had a nice relaxed style with a typical Mauri droll sense of humour.
The concert was clearly aimed at the tourist but still had real feeling.
We had little understanding of the issues surrounding the original treaty but have a much better understanding now.
Having a ticketing system which allows you to go in free next day too is a nice touch - we popped back to to check on some facts the following day.
Written 8 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jill K
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The experience was even better than I imagined. It was my first time to visit Waitangi. The Grounds are extensive with many things to see. When we arrived, there was a tour about to begin that was included in admission. We got to see a family-friendly cultural performance then a walking tour on the grounds. The museum was extensive and we ran out of time but the admission is for two days so we returned the next day to finish the museum. The gift shop was interesting too. The staff members were all very helpful and the views from the grounds are lovely.
Written 6 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AndyAquila
Lyme Regis, UK641 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It is very interesting to see the development of the country from the early days through the arrival of European explorers and then settlers. The Treaty signed here was a foundation which was good but still controversial for some.
The museum is very interesting, and the grounds are great to walk around. The cultural show as similar to others we had seen but worthwhile nevertheless.
It is quite expensive for non New Zealanders, but I suppose that's not too unreasonable!
Written 4 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 4,966
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $62.20, while a popular guided tour starts around $155.50 per person.

According to Tripadvisor travellers, these are the best ways to experience Waitangi Treaty Grounds:




All Paihia HotelsPaihia Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Paihia
All things to do in Paihia
Spas & Wellness in PaihiaDay Trips in Paihia
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire