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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 4 days ago

I would rate this place as a must, if you wish to learn more about Maori culture and the Treaty of Waitangi. It has a great museum and a video reenactment of the treaty signing by some 40 Chiefs is absolutely a treat, with humour...More

Thank Robert4112
Reviewed 5 days ago

We didn't have time for the guided tour & cultural experience, so we perused the grounds & museum on our own. It is a beautiful location. We found the museum to be very informative and learned a lot about NZ's past. The cafe is also...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a must do thing when in paihia since one can learn a lot of the treaty. There is a museum and if you do get a chance go for the maori performance. Amazing

Thank arnold1aaron
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was such a great experience to learn so much in such beautiful surroundings. Museum is laid out really well, good mix of reading/interactive. I found the cultural show super fun and interesting (not cringy like some I have seen). The performers really looked like...More

Thank Alice O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the $40 entry kids under 18 free. We had a great day loved the cultural performance they were brilliant. Loved hearing the history of the Treaty, language and Maori culture.

Thank RomG2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't even know this was in Paihia, the travel agent didn't mention it. This is the birth place of modern New Zealand and a fantastic place. Take the guided tour to fully understand the significance of where you are then take time to walk...More

Thank Glen W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely learning experience. Plenty to see and do....with an incredible view! The Maori performance was fantastic, the gift shop was too! Plenty of restrooms around the place also!

Thank michroberts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent Saturday Sept. 9, 2017 here with a guided tour, lunch, ceremonial experience and full tour of excellent Museum. Definitely recommend for better understanding of Maori/European interaction, history and outcomes.

Thank Heywoodjo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Tour and Performance at the Marae were excellent. Thoroughly worth the $20 (NZ Residents) $40 (Tourist). Our Tour Guide John was a mine of information. We were given small radios with earphones so we could hear John's speech as we walked through the grounds....More

Thank cranslag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For someone who was curious about the treaty and simply wanted to find out a bit more, to be told that it would cost $40 to gain entry seemed ridiculous.

Thank steveevans1333
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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
12 September 2016|
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Response from Waitangi T | Property representative |
Kia ora, it is no problem for you to just come in without a booking and we will take care of you. Our tours go on the hour from 10am-4pm and we have 4 cultural performances a day, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. We look forward to... More