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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

It's important to go there and learn about the history of NZ. The museum is very interesting. We regret we didn't had enough time for the whole museum. We also liked the racing boat and the war dance.

Thank Catalina M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You cannot pass through Paihia without a visit - in fact you should make it a place to DEFINITELY visit! We loved the museum, where we learnt so much, we we moved by the history and the magic of the grounds and the Marae and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting NZ and planning to work here? The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is worth the visit to understand the social fabric of NZ. The cultural show by local Maoris is beautiful to watch. The guided tour is useful. The museum has plenty of AV shows running,...More

Thank Raja R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for the first time recently and enjoyed seeing and hearing about a place which has had such a critical part to place in New Zealand's history. Allow 3-4 hours to do justice to this amazing place. We spent a...More

Thank serpentine2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must to visit when in Paihia, or even for a special visit from elsewhere.An excellent museum, friendly cafe, and on a fine day a walk round the Treaty Grounds includes many notable buildings, canoes etc.. Great views of the harbour too.

Thank Lorraine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited when there was the festival, and it was great to see, I would recommend that if you are in New Zealand in the start of february to check when the festival is, and then go at that time. Besides that the area is...More

Thank kasperfrank
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth visiting as it's such a historical piece of New Zealand's history. Peaceful at sunrise. No more words needed to describe this beautiful place.

Thank Catiles2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bring Nz born I took great pride in taking my Australian wife to learn our history I was so impressed with the whole treaty grounds , there were things I learnt that I had no knowledge. My wife was incredibly impressed it made me feel...More

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had not intended to do the guided tour but thank goodness we did! The guide was great and informative - the level of knowledge was impressive. The show was great and gave an insight into the culture. The museum was well designed. Worth a...More

Thank Bulrac
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide was so knowledgeable, I learnt so much on our guided tour and yet it was so entertaining and conducted with great humour. The Waitangi Treaty Ground are a must do if you are going to the North Island.

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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