Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia

A significant slice of New Zealand's history, Waitangi Treaty Grounds commemorate the site where local Maori chiefs signed a historic treaty with the representatives of the British crown. Concluded in February 1840, the treaty recognized Maori ownership of their lands and granted them rights of British subjects. The agreement also established a British governor to administer the country. The grounds include a buidling erected in 1832 for one of the area's British residents, which today serves as a museum housing various historical exhibits and a copy of the original treaty. Get the most out of your visit by joining a guided tour, or attend a cultural performance of Maori songs and dances. A visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paihia online attractions planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This place is steeped in NZ and Maori tradition, detailing how the Europeans traded with the Maoris in the Bay of Islands and then detailing how the British set up an agreement with the Maoris to give...  more »
  • Spent a morning in the treaty grounds with some excellent local guides adding flavour to the experience. The area is steeped in history and very well kept. Worthy of a visit.  more »
  • At the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, you will learn all about the Maori culture. A beautiful new museum and by the good and very clear tour you get a lot more information about this beautiful and warm culture. The matching show was brought in for the Maori culture with passion the Holy meeting place (shoes off). Recommended if you want to know about the original inhabitants of New Zealand.
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  • Absolutely LOVED the treaty grounds. Super educational. The guide was great. The cultural performance was one of the best I’ve seen in New Zealand— PASSIONATE crew. Wow, fantastic. The museum is just superb and the actual grounds itself are just beautiful. We spent a good three hours here enjoying all of the history!
  • Great experience.. Breathtaking views from up the top and felt very relaxing..Need a whole day to walk around and enjoy and learn lots of unknown facts about history. Definitely visiting again..
  • Our guide is very friendly and the view is so stunning! This is a very historic tourist attraction. If you want to know the history and culture of New Zealand, then you must come to this attraction!
  • A must see for anyone interested in Aotearoa New Zealand. The museum is excellent. Take a picnic and spend the day there.
  • Incredible historical place. Our Hāngī was quite amazing. The display was just indescribably incredible. Absolutely first class. The food is a bit different than other Polynesian food I've experienced, though still very good. It's very interesting to see the differences between
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