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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  • For international visitors like us, this really was a most enjoyable and educational tour. The kids enjoyed the activities and the Maori cultural show was very enjoyable. Highly recommended!  more »
  • I joined the tour which was very informative, and also enjoyed the show. Just a shame about the rain.  more »
  • We visited Waitangi Treaty Grounds today and it was sensational. The guided tour gave us a quick paced overview, strong on context and meaning and we enjoyed a high energy 'cultural concert' in the me...  more »
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  • Having been to Te Papa museum in Wellington, I was quite well informed about the background of the treaty so felt that the guided tour and information panels weren't very insightful. I guess good to go to if this is to be your first introduction to the Treaty of Waitingi.
  • Really informative and funny guide. Great tour to do of you're interested in the early Mauri culture.
  • Was on my bucket list to come here and connect to history. It's a must do really. Staff are friendly and the grounds are wonderful. I skimmed the history exhibits preferring to just take on the location and think of the birth of a nation.
  • The treaty grounds are a necessary stop for all tourists as it will reveal much about the history of this land. The tour guides take great pride in their history and welcome the opportunity to share it with visitors.
  • Very educational and currently being upgraded to more modern buildings, layout needs better directions once on the grounds though