Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia

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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. For Waitangi Treaty Grounds and beyond, use our Paihia vacation builder to get the most from your Paihia vacation.
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As a welcoming tourist town, Paihia offers a range of accommodations suitable for visitors with a diverse set of criteria. Boutique hotels and self-catered apartments dot along the coast, some offering excellent views of the bay on request. While most lodgings are located in the town center, farther out you can find campsites and resorts that, because of the settlement's modest size, still put you within walking distance or a short car journey of the wharf and town center.
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  • We were traveling with a group of college students and I was very disappointed that our itinerary only allowed us to stay about an hour at the Treaty Grounds...so we didn't get to see the cultural per...  more »
  • Had been told of a possibly of seeing a traditional Maori welcome, which was confirmed, we walked up to the Treaty Grounds and wait for the tribes to warm up and the British and Irish Lions rugby team...  more »
  • It was almost a surreal experience to witness a traditional Maori show right in the birth place of NZ as a nation! What a powerful way to experience New Zealand history!  more »
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  • The history of New Zealand without the bias! This should be a must to visit for all Kiwis and any international visitor who would like to know how NZ came to be what it is today. Recently opened 'museum' is high quality and well presented. Allow up to 3hrs for a visit. Do the tour and cultural show if you haven't seen Maori perform before.
  • Situated on a picturesque hills overlooking the Bay of Plenty, one can easily imagine how the settlers, colonists and indigenous peoples lived and interacted with one another across the landscape as the ships entered the bay many years ago. The most interesting spots in the Treaty Grounds are the Treaty House, the Museum and the Flagstaff. The House and Museum have the greatest amount of stories and displays to last at least two hours of your time to appreciate the people who shared in the nation's founding. Also recommend to try to hangi during the summer evenings for a eye-opening cultural performance and meal.
  • My wife and I visited the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on 29 Sept 2015. We did the tour and we weren't disappointed with the knowledge of the guide. He was funny at times and was able to answer all our questions. The Waitangi grounds are very interesting and has interesting history. We recommend this site as part of your itinerary.
  • From start to finish it's filled with fascinating history! The Maori can be very proud of what they have achieved in this beautiful Land of the Long White Cloud. A visit to their new museum is a must. The guided tour of the Waitangi grounds, is important as they have incredible knowledge to share. The restaurant on site ended our day perfectly. We will be back, there's so much to absorb and we loved it.
  • Interesting, and the new museum building is great. Some of the signage in the rest of the ground is looking a bit worn out though. The cultural performance was very impressive and had an interesting talk from a sculptor. However, felt a little on the pricey side at $40 each for basic entry, ($20 for NZ residents).